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Saffy neck scan to decide his fate

Hoping for recovery: Jarrod Saffy of the Rebels.

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.''

With AAP

Rugby Internationals 2014

Round 1
Sat, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 18 vs TGA 18 Report Stats
FJI 25 vs ITA 14 Report Stats
NZL 20 vs ENG 15 Report Stats
AUS 50 vs FRA 23 Report Stats
Sun, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 47 vs WXV 13 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 29 Report Stats
USA 6 vs SCO 24 Report Stats
CAN 25 vs JPN 34 Report Stats
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Round 2
Sat, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 15 vs ITA Report Stats
FJI 45 vs TGA 17 Report Stats
NZL 28 vs ENG 27 Report Stats
AUS 6 vs FRA Report Stats
Sun, 15 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 38 vs WAL 16 Report Stats
CAN 17 vs SCO 19 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 23 Report Stats
USA 29 vs JPN 37 Report Stats
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Round 3
Sat, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
ARG 19 vs SCO 21 Report Stats
FJI 13 vs SAM 18 Report Stats
JPN 26 vs ITA 23 Report Stats
AUS 39 vs FRA 13 Stats
NZL 36 vs ENG 13 Report Stats
Sun, 22 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 31 vs WAL 30 Report Stats
USA 38 vs CAN 35 Report Stats
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Round 4
Sun, 29 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 55 vs SCO 6 Report Stats
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Round 5
Sun, 02 NovTimes shown AEDT
BAR 36 vs AUS 40 Report Stats
USA 6 vs NZL 74 Report Stats
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Round 6
Sun, 09 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 24 vs SAM 13 Report Stats
ENG 21 vs NZL 24 Report Stats
WAL 28 vs AUS 33 Report Stats
FRA 40 vs FJI 14 Report Stats
IRE 29 vs RSA 15 Report Stats
SCO 41 vs ARG 31 Report Stats
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Round 7
Sun, 16 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 18 vs ARG 20 Report Stats
ENG 28 vs RSA 31 Report Stats
WAL 17 vs FJI 13 Report Stats
SCO 16 vs NZL 24 Report Stats
FRA 29 vs AUS 26 Report Stats
Mon, 17 NovTimes shown AEDT
IRE 49 vs GEO 7 Report Stats
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Round 8
Sun, 23 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 6 vs RSA 22 Report Stats
SCO 37 vs TGA 12 Report Stats
IRE 26 vs AUS 23 Report Stats
WAL 16 vs NZL 34 Report Stats
ENG 28 vs SAM 9 Report Stats
FRA 13 vs ARG 18 Report Stats
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Round 9
Sun, 30 NovTimes shown AEDT
ENG 26 vs AUS 17 Report Stats
WAL 12 vs RSA 6 Report Stats
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