Blues players on the mend

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:28
Large sonny bill williams injured 800

NEWS: The Blues' fans will have to wait some time before seeing All Black centre Sonny Bill Williams don their jersey as he continues to undergo rehabilitation on his Achilles tendon.

Williams ruptured the tendon at the Rio Olympics but is progressing well in his rehabilitation and is expected to return at some stage in the Blues' opening eight-game block until their first bye.

Rene Ranger, along with former New Zealand Under-20 star TJ Faiane, suffered season-ending anterior cruciate ligament injuries in 2016 and both have faced long-term rehabilitation - Faiane for 13 months and Ranger for 11 months.

The pair are expected to play a full part in the Blues pre-season plans which get underway in early December 2016.

"Both [Ranger and Faiane] have done a great job in terms of rehabilitation following their surgeries. These sorts of injuries require real patience and discipline and both guys have coped well with the situation and the mental challenges to do things by the book," Blues medical director, Dr Stephen Kara said.

Captain James Parsons is due to return for the start of pre-season after more than two months out with acute concussion.

George Moala has returned home from the All Blacks Northern Tour with an elbow ligament injury but Dr Kara believes he should also be ready early in the pre-season training block.

A number of players have minor injuries suffered during the Cup competition but all are expected to be ready for the start of pre-season training. These include Michael Collins (hand injury), Piers Francis (hand), Blake Gibson (shoulder), Josh Goodhue (ankle), Sam Nock (hand), Declan O'Donnell (wrist) and Jimmy Tupou (face).

The other members of the All Blacks will make gradual returns to the Blues with the likes of Jerome Kaino, Patrick Tuipulotu and Charlie Faumuina the last to come back to the squad before the start of the season.

@BluesRugbyTeam

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 29 September 2017
Sharks v Golden Lions 17h00 Durban
Worcester Warriors v Saracens 18h35 Sixways
Newcastle Falcons v London Irish 18h35 Kingston Park
Sale Sharks v Gloucester 19h00 AJ Bell Stadium
Leinster v Edinburgh 19h35 RDS Arena
Glasgow Warriors v Treviso 19h35 Scotstoun Stadium
Scarlets v Connacht 19h35 Parc y Scarlets
Sat, 30 September 2017
Griquas v Free State Cheetahs 12h00 Kimberley
Leicester Tigers v Exeter Chiefs 13h00 Welford Road
Munster v Cardiff Blues 13h30 Thomond Park
Cheetahs v Ospreys 14h00 Bloemfontein
Northampton Saints v Harlequins 14h00 Franklin's Gardens
Wasps v Bath 14h00 Ricoh Arena
Zebre v Ulster 14h35 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
South Africa v Australia 15h05 Bloemfontein
Dragons v Kings 18h35 Rodney Parade
Sun, 01 October 2017
Argentina v New Zealand 22h30 Estadio Jose Amalfitani
Blue Bulls v Western Province 12h30 Loftus Versfeld
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 6 0 9 34
Force 15 6 0 9 26
Reds 15 4 0 11 21
Waratahs 15 4 0 11 19
Rebels 15 1 1 13 9
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 15 14 0 1 63
Hurricanes 15 12 0 3 58
Chiefs 15 12 1 2 57
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 51
Blues 15 7 1 7 37
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 0 5 43
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Bulls 15 4 0 11 20
Sunwolves 15 2 0 13 12
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 15 14 0 1 65
Sharks 15 9 1 5 42
Jaguares 15 7 0 8 33
Kings 15 6 0 9 28