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Chase Stanley gone for season

Injury-prone Melbourne centre Chase Stanley has been crushed by news he requires a full knee reconstruction and will miss the rest of the NRL season. The promising St George junior made just seven appearances in his first season for the Storm last year, and now another shadow has been cast over his career. Scans on Tuesday revealed an ACL injury that required a full reconstruction. The 21-year-old suffered the injury during the first half of Saturday night’s 18-6 first round victory over Manly and was surprisingly able to play on, and excel, in the second 40 minutes. However, MRI scans confirmed he’d done some serious damage and will now have to watch his team-mates battle it out from the sidelines. Stanley, who made his debut as a schoolboy for St George Illawarra in 2007, is a massive loss for the Storm, however there is a silver lining with new recruit Beau Champion receiving the green light to take his place in the centres against the Gold Coast on Saturday night. Continue reading

Storm injury cloud clears

Melbourne Storm’s three injury concerns are set to take their places for tomorrow’s NRL opening-round clash against Manly, football operation manager Frank Ponissi said yesterday. Sika Manu (knee), Chase Stanley (bruised knee) and 18th man Beau Champion (calf) were all named in the Storm team this week but only firmed to play after being put through their paces on Wednesday. Manu will be tested again this morning, but Ponissi said the powerful second-rower was looking good, with coach Craig Bellamy to make a decision after training today. ”Craig was pretty keen that he completed a fair bit of training [on Wednesday], which he did, and if he can pull up well [today] and train well then we see no reason,” Ponissi said. Tomorrow’s game will be the first time the Storm has played for points since it was busted for salary cap rorting last April. After a long pre-season, Storm skipper Cameron Smith said the team was eager to finally get back onto the field against fierce rival Manly. Continue reading

Bellamy delays team announcement

Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy could wait until match eve to decide on his line-up to face Manly in their round one NRL clash on Saturday. Bellamy will name an expanded squad as he gives a host of injured players as much time as possible to prove their fitness. One certain to start the Storm’s first match for NRL competition points since last April is fullback Billy Slater, who has recovered from shoulder surgery. Pleas to play Souths recruit Beau Champion, who hasn’t managed a Storm trial due to injury, appear to have fallen on deaf ears. “He’s probably been on the edge for a little while with that head injury and now the calf, I’d probably say he’s pretty unlikely,” the coach said. Five-eighth Maurice Blair, centre Chase Stanley and forwards Sika Manu and Rory Kostjasyn are among the injured brigade. “I’d like to have the line-up settled but we’ve got a few injuries,” Bellamy said, adding they will test the players on Wednesday. Continue reading

Bellamy breathes easier

Head Coach Craig Bellamy is breathing a little easier today after discovering none of his injured players from Saturday night’s trial match against Brisbane will be out for an extended period of time. Outside backs Beau Champion injured his calf during the warm-up and Chase Stanley suffered a corked leg before the 10-minute mark, while back-rower Sika Manu was forced off with a knee injury. With the round one fixture against Manly at AAMI Park less than a fortnight away, Bellamy said the players will need to do everything right in rehab to be a chance for the season opener. “I don’t think there’s anything there too serious, I don’t think we’re talking anything three, four or five weeks,” said Bellamy. “But they’re all going to be really touch and go for that first game. “It’s probably likely we’ll go in with a couple out, but hopefully they get better a bit quicker than the medical staff think.” Continue reading

Storm suffers injuries while Inglis looks on

Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy joked about the prospect of ”kidnapping” former star Greg Inglis after losing both centres to injury in Saturday night’s 26-6 NRL trial defeat to Brisbane. In a somewhat bizarre sight, Inglis – who left the Storm to play for Brisbane only to renege on his contract with the Broncos to sign with South Sydney – was a star spectator in the 8000-strong Redcliffe crowd. After a visit to Melbourne’s dressing room, Bellamy quipped he might try and pry away the Test representative, with off-season recruit Beau Champion and fellow centre Chase Stanley both receiving injuries. ”I see Greg’s up the hallway, I might try to hijack or kidnap him actually and take him back to Melbourne,” Bellamy joked. ”Souths wouldn’t be very happy with that though.” Champion (calf) went down in the warm-up on Saturday night while Stanley (knee ligaments) was taken off in the opening minutes of the loss to the Broncos. Continue reading

All Stars Injury round up

Several All Stars players are licking their wounds after Saturday night’s brutal clash at Skilled Park, with Canberra forward Joel Thompson in doubt for the start of the NRL season with both rib cartilage and a hip flexor complaint. Manly’s George Rose was sporting a busted nose after a head clash with Thompson, while Melbourne Storm recruit Beau Champion was still seeing stars after being knocked out trying to tackle Petero Civoniceva. Meanwhile, Jharal Yow Yeh was feeling the effects of an accidental elbow from Canterbury-Bankstown hooker Michael Ennis. “Obviously Beau, not in great shape, Georgie Rose, I couldn’t look at him at three-quarter time, I had to turn around,” Indigenous All Stars coach Laurie Daley said after the match. “He was busted and bleeding but he’s quite tough. I said to him ‘you don’t have to go back on’ but he said ‘I want to go back on’. Continue reading

Such is the hype surrounding new Melbourne Storm recruit Elijah Niko that he has already drawn comparisons to former NRL star Israel Folau.Every season the Storm have unearthed a future star, and little-known Niko is tipped to follow in the steps of Folau, Greg Inglis, Billy Slater – and even rugby convert Will Chambers – and make an immediate impact on the NRL. Skipper Cameron Smith said Niko had a serious chance to brush aside seasoned campaigners for a start in Melbourne’s opener against Manly. All eyes will be on the club and their new talent after they were forced to release several big names, including Inglis, in the aftermath of last year’s cap-rorting saga. Club officials preferred not to comment on Niko, who scored 21 tries in 36 games for the Warriors in Toyota Cup, including one in last year’s grand final triumph, and said they wanted to “keep him under wraps”. But Smith gave him a glowing endorsement and went as far to liken him to Folau. Continue reading

Rabbitohs injury list grows

South Sydney’s jubilation has quickly become a reality check with star five-eighth John Sutton and lock Ben Lowe both ruled out for the rest of the injury-ravaged NRL club’s season. The Rabbitohs pulled off a miraculous last-second 34-30 golden point extra time win over the Wests Tigers on Saturday night, one of the famous club’s gutsiest considering 12 first-graders were on the sidelines. Lowe was among them, a late withdrawal after fracturing his foot in a freak training accident on Friday, bringing his impressive season to an end. Sutton dislocated his right shoulder in the first period of extra time and left the field in agony. It is the same shoulder he suffered an identical injury to in 2007, when he required surgery. Beau Champion succumbed to a cork above his knee in the side’s final training session while Colin Best is on a drip in hospital with a systemic blood infection suffered after he accidentally cut himself. Best is expected to leave hospital on Monday and the Rabbitohs are hopeful both he and Champion will play against Melbourne at AAMI Park next Sunday. Also back will be suspended English star Sam Burgess, utility Luke Capewell (knee) and possibly veteran forward Michael Crocker (quad). The Rabbitohs remain two points outside the top eight after debutant Dylan Farrell’s last-second golden-point try to down the Tigers. But the loss of their main playmaker in Sutton and an injury list which will still include Lowe, Luke Stuart (hand), Scott Geddes (knee), Dave Taylor (collarbone) and Beau Falloon (arm) will make it tough for the club to make the play-offs.

Rabbits lose Dave Taylor, Champion in doubt

Dave Taylor will miss the rest of the home-and-away season after scans this morning revealed the Souths enforcer had suffered a clean break of his collarbone. Taylor will have a plate inserted into the troubled area he injured during the Warriors clash on Sunday. The injury to the Origin backrower could not have come at a worse time for the Bunnies who already have Luke Stuart (hand), Issac Luke (shoulder), Michael Crocker (quad), Scott Geddes (knee) and Ben Ross (neck) missing from their forward pack. To make matters worse, Beau Champion is unlikely to be available for Friday’s clash with the Bulldogs after he suffered a cork above his knee, which was heavily strapped in ice at Rabbitohs recovery.