Dagg faces surgery

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 10:06

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: The Crusaders are set to be without the services of their All Black star Israel Dagg for a substantial period.

Dagg had an MRI scan, which has confirmed a PCL and lateral meniscal injury.

He has been seen by a specialist, who recommended a small operation to assist his recovery.

Dagg is expected to be ready to return to play in approximately six weeks.

The Crusaders, who face the Blues in Christchurch in a Super Rugby Round Four match on Friday, will also be without the services of two other players.

Seta Tamanivalu is progressing well after sustaining a right upper hamstring injury against the Reds last week.

His return to play is expected to be in the vicinity of four weeks.

Digby Ioane has also been ruled out with injury this week, after sustaining a minor hand injury.

The injury will be assessed early next week, before a decision will be made about his availability for the following weekend's game against the Western Force.

* Meanwhile Crusaders coach Scott Robertson has made seven changes to the starting side that beat the Reds last weekend.

Owen Franks returns to the No.3 jersey, while Jordan Taufua and Jed Brown join Whetu Douglas in the loose forward trio.

Bryn Hall will start at scrumhalf this week against his former team, with Mitchell Drummond on the bench.

Manasa Mataele will make his Super Rugby debut, replacing his injured uncle Seta Tamanivalu at No.14.

George Bridge takes the other wing, with Digby Ioane also ruled out after injuring a finger.

David Havili steps into the fullback position, with Israel Dagg out of contention after injuring his knee.

Wyatt Crockett and returns to play this week off the bench, providing prop cover alongside Michael Alaalatoa. Pete Samu provides loose forward cover, and Sean Wainui will cover the backs.

Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Manasa Mataele, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Mitchell Hunt, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Whetu Douglas, 7 Jed Brown, 6 Jordan Taufua, 5 Sam Whitelock (captain), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Joe Moody.
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Marty McKenzie, 23 Sean Wainui.

Date: Friday, March 17
Venue: AMI Stadium, Christchurch
Kick-off: 19.35  (06.35 GMT)
Referee: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Angus Mabey (New Zealand), Cam Stone (New Zealand)
TMO: Aaron Paterson (New Zealand)

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Sat, 29 July 2017
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Lions v Hurricanes 12h30 Ellis Park
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Sun, 30 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Western Province 12h30 Bloemfontein
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Sun, 23 July 2017
Pumas v Golden Lions 43 | 36
Sat, 22 July 2017
Griquas v Blue Bulls 45 | 51
Stormers v Chiefs 11 | 17
Lions v Sharks 23 | 21
Crusaders v Highlanders 17 | 0
Fri, 21 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 47 | 12
Brumbies v Hurricanes 16 | 35
Sat, 15 July 2017
Sharks v Lions 10 | 27
Bulls v Stormers 33 | 41
Force v Waratahs 40 | 11
Hurricanes v Crusaders 31 | 22
Chiefs v Brumbies 28 | 10
Sunwolves v Blues 43 | 21
Fri, 14 July 2017
Kings v Cheetahs 20 | 21
Rebels v Jaguares 29 | 32
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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