Saffy neck scan to decide his fate
Hoping for recovery: Jarrod Saffy of the Rebels. Photo: Hamish Blair
MELBOURNE Rebels breakaway Jarrod Saffy will today discover if he is able to continue his career after spending more than three months sidelined with a bulging disc in the neck.
Saffy had scans yesterday and has an appointment with his neurosurgeon this morning in which he is expecting to be told whether the disc had sufficiently repaired itself or if he requires surgery.
The 27-year-old, one of the Rebels' most impressive players in its foundation season last year, was injured when he was accidentally struck to the back of the neck during a training drill by an armguard worn by teammate Adam Byrnes in April.
Saffy played for the Rebels a couple of days later against NSW in round nine but has not played again, and feared that the injury could threaten his career.
Meanwhile, the return of Wallabies winger Joe Tomane and No. 8 Fotu Auelua have buoyed the Brumbies ahead of their crucial Super Rugby clash against the lowly ranked Blues at Canberra Stadium tomorrow. The Australian Conference leaders are within sight of qualifying for their first finals campaign since 2004 and need just a bonus point to put their berth out of question ahead of the second-placed Queensland Reds.
Tomane will be a welcome addition to the back line after suffering an ankle injury in training with the Wallabies last month. He slots back in his regular spot on the wing, moving Jesse Mogg to full-back and Robbie Coleman to the bench.
■Western Force veteran Nathan Sharpe is set to play his retirement game tomorrow after recovering from a slipped disc after his back locked up while picking up his kit bag just hours before the team's loss to the Blues. Sharpe, who takes over the captaincy from the injured David Pocock, made it through yesterday's training session and said his back should be right to go on Saturday.
''I've been focusing more on getting my injury right this week and so I haven't thought too much about it being my last game,'' Sharpe said. ''… It's something that's exciting but bittersweet at the same time.''