Injuries

Fairytale Force struck hard by injuries

Justin Chadwick Western Force winger Nick Cummins is confident the team's steely new attitude and willingness to work for each other will help them overcome a growing injury toll.

Stephen Larkham defiant in face of injuries

Brumbies winger Henry Speight receives attention after hurting his jaw during the victory over the Waratahs.

Chris Dutton Hanry Speight and Leon Power joined the Brumbies' star-studded war room after their fighting win over the Waratahs.

Rugby

Rubber is not so dead after All Blacks injuries

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Paul Cully AT THE start of his tenure, if you had offered Ewen McKenzie the chance to take on the All Blacks without Richie McCaw, Conrad Smith, Owen Franks, Cory Jane, Luke Romano and Dan Carter - all of whom...

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Polota-Nau reviews defensive style to reduce injuries

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 18:  Tatafu Polota-Nau of the Waratahs leaves the field with an arm injury during the round 14 Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Brumbies at ANZ Stadium on May 18, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Georgina Robinson Eight years after making his international debut, Tatafu Polota-Nau has realised his trademark disregard for his own safety was hampering his career.

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Rugby

Dan Carter's flawed frame behind injuries

Dan Carter.

Daniel Gilhooly Dan Carter's bio-mechanical frailties explain why he has turned into world rugby's most injured man says All Blacks coach Steve Hansen.

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Injuries in perspective for Force halfback

Brett Sheehan.

Justin Chadwick When Western Force halfback Brett Sheehan was told his son only had a 50-50 chance of survival last month, his own injury woes suddenly didn't matter.

Rugby Union

Injuries put Rebel on centre stage

Bryce Hegarty.

Stathi Paxinos Of all the advice that Bryce Hegarty received in the lead-up to his debut for the Melbourne Rebels last Saturday, a rather run-of-the-mill warning from assistant coach Nathan Grey proved to be the...

Rugby Union

Brumbies, Waratahs left to count the cost of injuries after brutal encounter

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 18:  Drew Mitchell of the Waratahs is tackled during the round 14 Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Brumbies at ANZ Stadium on May 18, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Chris Dutton INJURIES and a form slide have put the ACT Brumbies' play-off dream on the brink as they count the costs of a brutal Australian derby at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.

Injuries overshadow late Waratahs triumph

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Georgina Robinson A football stadium that came to resemble a Wallabies casualty ward overshadowed a telling 28-22 victory for the Waratahs over conference leaders the Brumbies at ANZ Stadium on Saturday.

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Rugby

Wallabies hamstrung as injuries leave squad in tatters for upcoming Tests

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Georgina Robinson Injuries have disrupted the Wallabies' preparations, with experienced Test hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau ruled out of the first Bledisloe Cup match while Ben Mowen and Nic White were forced to sit out...

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Rugby Union

Injuries cost Delve captaincy

Gareth Delve.

Stathi Paxinos Gareth Delve has been replaced as Melbourne Rebels skipper by Scott Higginbotham because the struggling team needs a leader who can play the full game, coach Damien Hill said on Thursday.

Reds hard hit by Stormers, injuries

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 20:  Peter Grant of the Stormers is congratulated by team mates after scoring during the round nine Super Rugby match between the Reds and the Stormers at Suncorp Stadium on April 20, 2012 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Queensland's backline injury curse plumbed new depths on Friday night as the Reds' Super Rugby defence took another heavy blow with a 23-13 loss to the Stormers at Suncorp Stadium.

Injuries and departures give Beale room to make his mark as playmaker

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Greg Growden THE push for Kurtley Beale to take over the Wallabies Test five-eighth spot next month will turn into a massive shove if he holds his own against Springboks No.

Matthew Burke

Game's evolution makes injuries an occupational hazard

Matt Burke

Matthew Burke It's great to see the return of one of rugby's most talked about players - Quade Cooper making his comeback in Super Rugby from that ill-fated night against Wales in the play-off game in last year's...

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Injuries may push Dennis into second row

Dave Dennis

Greg Growden DAVE DENNIS'S versatility will be tested in Bloemfontein as he is scheduled to move to the second row to provide cover for the Waratahs' growing injury list when they play the Cheetahs on Saturday...

Union

Rebels' cause hurt by trio of injuries

Kurtley Beale of the Melbourne Rebels, left and Siosaia Vave of the Melbourne Storm played in the same under 10s rugby league team in Mt Druitt in Western Sydney.3rd May 2012.Picture Sebastian Costanzo. The Age.

Chris Dutton The Melbourne Rebels are in danger of losing three of their best backs to injury but the ACT Brumbies are refusing to take their opposition lightly ahead of their clash on Friday night.

Rugby

Gaffney blames injuries and inexperience for Tahs failings, not Foley

Alan Gaffney.

Georgina Robinson VETERAN Waratahs assistant coach Alan Gaffney says the dogs should be called off his senior colleague Michael Foley and the blame placed elsewhere for the team's woeful performance this season.

Union

All Blacks, injuries may end it for Deans

Owen Finegan

Owen Finegan Coach Robbie Deans's winning ratio is 65 per cent, higher than his two predecessors.

Injuries put lesser lights on big stage

Ben Volavola

Georgina Robinson THE WARATAHS have called up versatile former Rebels back James Hilgendorf as cover at five-eighth for their clash with the Crusaders in Sydney on Thursday.

Reds hit by injuries ahead of Force clash

Scott Higginbotham

Reigning Super Rugby champions the Queensland Reds have been hit by injuries in just the second round of the new season.