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Matai's shoulder

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by DSM5, Oct 14, 2008.

  1. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +516 / 0
    I read in the 'Australian' this morning that Stevie is going to play on in the world cup with his busted shoulder.  Apparently he's going to have surgery after this half arsed comp is over.  Hopefully he'll be fully fit for our 09 season or he might just find his spot being taken by Tony-boy.  Should he have the operation now and take extra time to get it right?  or run the risk of aggravating the shoulder and neck for some sort of mis-guided glory.
  2. The Wheel

    The Wheel Well-Known Member

    +1,718 / 71
    Hard one, I think he and Manly were relying on the doctors advice to decide if he would play in the W/C.  I would say if the operation was going to cause an extended lay off and therefore he would miss the start of 2009 he wouldnt be playing.

    The risk of course he will do further & more serious damage during the games when he is not in the care of Manly doctors.

    I also think all players & clubs should support international footy where possible, other wise it will end up like the AFL SOO - a complete farce
  3. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    +5,437 / 74
    AFAIK it is just bone fragments floating around, I have the same in my wrist and knee, 99% of the time it's fine, then sometimes you cop a knock and it hurts for a while, not a whole lot more to it really so I don't think he could make it much worse unless there is ligament and other tissue damage that could end up as scar tissue (in the case of my wrist) which is a long and painful surgery to go through from what I hear.

    I would prefer he got the surgery sooner rather than later and gave himself as much time as possible to recover. But this may also be his last chance to play in the World cup so I say let him play
  4. clontaago

    clontaago Well-Known Member

    +121 / 0
    The rule is that if the surgery required is expected to impact on the start of the new season, players are not required to play in the WC.

    However if the surgery is not absolutely necessary and the recovery not expected to impact on 09, players are expected to play.
  5. fLIP

    fLIP UFO Hunter

    +784 / 15
    The World Cup rules state that if a player 'MUST' play for their country if selected, unless a required surgury after the competition will result in that player missing the start of the 2009 NRL season.

    My guess is that his surgry is relativly minor and wouldn't result in him missing any of the starting games next season.
  6. willstyles

    willstyles Active Member

    +4 / 0
    This shows you one difference between Steve Matai and Brett White.

    Matai - wants to avoid surgery so he can wear his countries colours.
    White - Has a sore toe and went against the WC rules, having surgery before the WC even though he'll be back in training by January.

    One is a legend. One is soft.
  7. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +516 / 0
    I thought Stevie had a bulging disc as well.  Oh well, if it doesn't impact on 09 then good on him.
  8. Nutzcraw

    Nutzcraw Active Member

    +4 / 0
    He'll be right.

    YOu can tell by looking at Steve he is a proud kiwi and good on him. I hope he kills it.
  9. clontaago

    clontaago Well-Known Member

    +121 / 0
    White is a marshmallow and is as soft as they come. If he ever wears the Sky Blue jumper again i'll be gutted.
  10. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

    +971 / 7
    Agreed. Bellamy's love child should be scrapped from any rep list honours until he he can put in more than 10 minutes.
  11. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

    +466 / 6
    Justin Hodges has given the WC a miss with his bung shoulder and was quoted "club comes first".  Matai should do likewise, particularly as the whole stupid thing is a foregone conclusion. 
  12. Fro

    Fro Well-Known Member

    +233 / 0
    He wants to represent his country and has some pride in his heritage.

    Something that should be applauded not criticised.

    He is not simply chasing the Dollar or bagging his country of residence.

    More power to him.
  13. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +2,424 / 31
    There is another positive in this, that may benefit our club next season

    Matai will be spending 4-5 weeks getting tips from Wayne Bennett, and may come back an even more improved player with some of his adivce
  14. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +212 / 5
    If clubs allow their players to get the benefits of international experience, it keeps them happier and more fulfilled, meaning loyalty etc. A happy camp is such an important ingredient of success, as long as "the lunatics don't end up running the asylum!!"

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