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  1. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan

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    Ok In this thread if you have any questions regarding your team selections etc
  2. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan

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    THE kick-off to the 2015 season is just a few weeks away, yet a number of players are still battling injury.

    Whether it was a result of surgery during the off-season or a mishap during the trials, here is the list of players who are battling injury at your club and when they will return.



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    Brisbane’s season has not started the way Wayne Bennett would have wanted after losing his star fullback prior to Christmas with an achilles injury. Darius Boyd had surgery in early December after rupturing a tendon during training and is expected to return to the field as early as May. Sam Thaiday was withdrawn from the Indigenous All Stars side due to a mystery injury but is expected to be fit for round one. Matt Gillett, Corey Oates, Dale Copley, Jarrod Wallace, David Stagg and Jack Reed all had shoulder reconstructions over the off-season. Bennett says none will be risked in the World Club Series, with each set to be given game time in the final trial. Justin Hodges (ankle) had off-season surgery, but is now fit. He won’t be risked until later in the pre-season due to his injury history.

    Darius Boyd (Achilles, Indefinite)

    Jack Reed (Shoulder, Final trial)

    Dale Copley (Shoulder, Final trial)

    Matt Gillett (Shoulder, Final trial)

    David Stagg (Shoulder, Final trial)

    Corey Oates (Shoulder, Final trial)

    Jarrod Wallace (Shoulder, Final trial)

    Sam Thaiday (Injury, Final Trial)

    Shaun Fensom is recovering from a knee injury he suffered last season while hooker Kurt Baptiste (shoulder) has resumed full training. David Shillington is progressing well after tearing his pectoral last season.

    Shaun Fensom (Knee, Early rounds)

    David Shillington (Pectoral, Round One)


    Brett Morris (shoulder) began contact training last week and is confident of being fit for round one. Trent Hodkinson began running three weeks ago and is also aiming for the opening round. Pat O’Hanlon (broken leg) started light running in late January, taking a significant step in his return from a compound leg fracture. He has plenty of rehab to go, but may feature at the back end of the year. Lloyd Perrett (ankle), Josh Reynolds (shoulder), Chase Stanley (shoulder) and Sam Kasiano (ankle) had off-season surgery, but are now fit and raring to go.

    Brett Morris (Shoulder, Round one)

    Pat O’Hanlon (Broken leg, Indefinite)

    Trent Hodkinson (Knee, Round one)


    Cronulla playmaker Fa’amanu Brown will likely miss the season after tearing his ACL in the Auckland Nines tournament. He had surgery last week, while Luke Lewis has been battling a chronic knee issue. New recruit Michael Ennis had to withdraw from the NRL All Stars side due to a calf strain but is expected to be available for round one. Jacob Gagan (hamstring) went down in the weekend trial.

    Fa’amanu Brown (ACL, Indefinite)

    Luke Lewis (Knee, Round One)

    Jacob Gagan (Hamstring, Round One)

    Michael Ennis (Calf, Round One)

    Greg Bird has been ruled out of the Indigenous All Stars side due to ongoing foot and knee issues. Titans captain Nate Myles had a shoulder clean out and bicep reattached during the off-season but has resumed full contact training and will start the season. Forward Ben Ridge suffered a ruptured pectoral during the Titans 22-12 victory over the Warriors on the weekend.

    Greg Bird (Foot and knee, Round One)

    Ben Ridge (Pectoral, Indefinite)

    Aidan Sezer (Cheekbone, Round One)

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    Jamie Buhrer had surgery in October to repair a ruptured ACL. The lock is earmarked to return to the field as soon as round one but will not rush his return and is more likely to come back a few weeks after the season starts. Jorge Taufua had ankle and shoulder surgeries. The ankle is healed, but he is racing the clock for round one due to the shoulder injury. Matt Ballin has recovered from a broken leg, while prop Jake Trbojevic has recovered from an ankle issue.

    Jamie Buhrer (ACL, Early rounds)
    Jorge Taufua (Shoulder, Round One)

    Forward Tom Learoyd-Lahrs withdrew from the All Stars match last week due to a knee injury. Learoyd-Lahrs suffered a lateral meniscal tear to his right knee and had minor surgery to repair it. Billy Slater missed the Four Nations due to shoulder surgery but is back in full training and will be ready for round one. Skipper Cameron Smith is likely to miss the first month of football after having ankle surgery in the off-season.

    Tom Learoyd-Lahrs (Knee, Round One)
    Cameron Smith (Ankle, Round Four)

    Rookie sensation Sione Mata’utia suffered a syndesmosis injury in his ankle during the Auckland Nines but is expected to be fully fit for Newcastle’s season opener against the Warriors. The Test star is expected to challenge James McManus and Akuila Uate for a starting berth on the wing. McManus (foot) and Uate (knee) are now fully fit after taking injuries into the pre-season.

    Sione Mata’utia (Ankle, Round One)

    Carlos Tuimavave (Leg, Round One)

    Matt Scott and Scott Bolton both had shoulder reconstructions over the off-season. They are back to full training and aiming for the final trial. James Tamou (neck) has started modified contact and is aiming for round one. Johnathan Thurston (shoulder) has had a strong off-season following surgery. He was rested from the Nines as a precaution, but will return for the All Stars clash. Cameron King (ACL) returned in the weekend trial against Brisbane. Recruit Justin O’Neill (knee) was injured when he came to the club, but is now fully fit, playing a starring role in the Nines.

    Matt Scott (Shoulder, Final trial)
    Scott Bolton (Shoulder, Final trial)
    James Tamou (Neck, Round one)\\

    The Auckland Nines took a toll on the Eels. Kenny Edwards (ACL) and Kaysa Pritchard (pectoral) are both out for the season after going down at the Eden Park tournament. Chris Sandow suffered ankle ligament damage and will miss the All Stars clash and final trial on February 21. Brad Takairangi (ankle) is also due back for the season opener. Will Hopoate has withdrawn from the All Stars clash, but should be fit for the final trial. Nathan Peats (ACL), Manu Ma’u (broken arm) and Bureta Faraimo (PCL) have all recovered from serious injuries suffered last year.

    Kenny Edwards (ACL, Season)
    Kaysa Pritchard (Pectoral, Season)
    Will Hopoate (Groin, Final trial)
    Chris Sandow (Ankle, Round one)
    Brad Takairangi (Ankle, Round one)

    Jamal Idris had surgery three weeks ago to remove a part of his vertebrae after the dreadlocked giant started to have nerve issues to the left side of his lower body. Adam Docker is rehabbing a knee injury and is hopeful of getting a trial under his belt before the season kicks-off. Jamie Soward (ankle) was ruled out for the Indigenous All Stars, but will be fit for round one. Peter Wallace has recovered from a torn ACL while, Elijah Taylor (ACL), Tyrone Peachey (pectoral tear), George Jennings (dislocated elbow) and Bryce Cartwright (ankle surgery) are all back in full training.

    Jamal Idris (Spine, Early rounds)
    Jamie Soward (Ankle, Round One)
    Adam Docker (knee, Round One)

    Dylan Walker (knee) suffered a knock in the Charity Shield, but is expected to fly to England for the World Club Challenge. George Burgess (bruised heel) and Adam Reynolds (hamstring) weren’t risked in the Charity Shield after picking up injuries at the Nines, while Glenn Stewart (knee) was also pulled from the trial at the last minute. Aaron Gray (groin) was injured at the Nines and is expected to miss the trip to England. John Sutton (shoulder) and Thomas Burgess (hamstring) both picked up injuries in the pre-season, but should be right for round one.

    John Sutton (Shoulder, Round one)
    George Burgess (Bruised heel, World Club Challenge)
    Adam Reynolds (Hamstring, World Club Challenge)
    Aaron Gray (Groin, Round one)
    Thomas Burgess (Hamstring, Final trial)
    Dylan Walker (Knee, World Club Challenge)
    Glenn Stewart (Knee, World Club Challenge)

  3. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan

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    Josh Dugan (knee) and Will Matthews (hand) picked up injuries in the Charity Shield. Dugan was later cleared of serious injury and will take part in the World Club Series. Trent Merrin (shoulder), George Rose (hand), Ben Creagh (ankle) and Dylan Farrell (pectoral) all had off-season surgery. Rose, Creagh and Farrell played in the Charity Shield, while Merrin will return in the All Stars match.

    Josh Dugan (Knee, World Club Series)

    Will Matthews (Hand, Indefinite)

    Jack de Belin (Virus, World Club Series)


    Roosters hooker Jake Friend had a shoulder reconstruction last year and is expected to miss the first eight to 10 weeks of the season.

    Jake Friend (Shoulder, Indefinite)


    Konrad Hurrell (wrist), Ben Henry (knee), Ben Matulino (knee) and David Fusitu’a (shoulder) all had surgery over the off-season but will be ready to start the year.


    Utility Dene Halatau missed the last two games of the year after having an ankle scope and has finally returned to full training. James Tedesco (knee) suffered a patella fracture, similar to that of teammate Tim Moltzen. Tedesco is expected to be fit for selection in round one although Moltzen still has a cloud around him. Outside back Keith Lulia suffered a broken neck late last year and while he is yet to begin full contact training, he is an eyeing a return shortly after the season opener.

    David Nofoaluma (Knee, Early rounds)

    Curtis Sironen (Groin, Round One)

    Dene Halatau (Hamstring, Round One)

    Keith Lulia (Neck, Early rounds)


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