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Dugan and Orford out

Canberra will face an early test of their depth when they head into Sunday’s round one NRL clash with Cronulla minus big names Josh Dugan and Matt Orford. Rising star Dugan has a calf injury and failed to train on Saturday, while veteran halfback Orford is a definite non-starter with a groin problem. Dugan is extremely doubtful and his place at fullback will be taken by David Milne. Nineteen-year-old half Sam Williams comes into the squad for Orford. Whether the 2010 Toyota Cup halfback of the year starts remains to be seen with hooker Alan Tongue a strong chance of taking over the playmaking duties. Star signing Orford, 32, has been hampered during pre-season with a groin strain and has not been able to recover in time to face the Sharks. The Raiders are already without former Test five-eighth Terry Campese until midseason after a knee reconstruction, his place taken by Josh McCrone. Continue reading

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Injuries to upset Raiders v Sharks opener

There’s as much uncertainty over the Cronulla Sharks and Canberra Raiders sides as there is about Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s popularity right now. At least in the national capital on Sunday, supporters and rivals won’t have to wait long for a decision. Up to seven players named in the two extended squads by respective coaches Shane Flanagan and David Furner, are in some doubt for the 2pm game at Canberra Stadium. The Sharks have centre Dean Collis and forward Anthony Tupou (leg injuries) undergoing constant treatment this week, but they’ve been named in the starting 13, along with a six-man bench. The Raiders new half recruit, Matt Orford, and former Sharks winger Blake Ferguson are among five doubtfuls. Continue reading

Dugan pumped and ready to go

He has the speed, class and acceleration. Now Josh Dugan has the bulk. Canberra’s strength and conditioning coach Matt Ford revealed last night that Dugan had beefed up 6kg over summer and would start this year’s premiership at 95kg. Dugan’s final challenge to becoming a true star was to increase his lean frame. “Our goal was for Josh to have more size,” Ford said. “He throws his body around and needed his frame to be a little bigger this year. “And I think he has the potential to put on a few more kilos in coming years. He could end up between 95kg and 100kg.” Dugan looked a supreme athlete this month in the NRL All Stars match at Skilled Park and has been touted as a potential NSW fullback this year. Continue reading

Cowboys walking wounded as trial injuries begin to mount

Justin Hodges made a successful return to action, but former Broncos team mate Antonio Winterstein is set to miss the start of the NRL season after suffering a broken jaw. Hodges set up a try with his first touch off the bench in the Broncos’ 26-4 trial win over the Cowboys in Alice Springs on Saturday night. “He got through a continuous 40 minutes and set up a try and there was no side affects from the injury, so I’m very happy with his involvement and getting through the game,” Broncos coach Ivan Henjak told AAP. It ended more than 500 days of NRL inactivity for the classy Broncos, Queensland and Australia centre, but Cowboys recruit Winterstein had far worse misfortune on the night. He went to hospital for scans just before halftime after suffering facial injuries in a sickening collision during a tackle. Continue reading

Raiders welcome back guns for run to the finals

In-form Canberra are preparing to welcome back their cavalry as they look to turn three straight wins into a crack at the NRL finals. Topping the news that electrifying fullback Josh Dugan has avoided serious injury, the Raiders will have Test prop David Shillington, skipper Alan Tongue, utility Glen Buttriss and lock Shaun Fensom back for the run to September. Scans have shown Dugan has no structural damage to a shoulder he injured in Saturday’s 20-13 win over Cronulla, the Raiders’ third straight which left them two points outside the eight. “It was a bruised shoulder blade I believe but at this end of the season you start to carry a few niggly injuries,” coach David Furner told reporters on Monday. “He should be right.” Prop Scott Logan will have an ultrasound on Tuesday on his injured finger despite initial scans showing no fracture. Continue reading

Josh Dugan awaiting scan results on chest injury

A possible sternum injury to rising star Josh Dugan is just one of the problems Canberra face as they attempt to find an unexpected spot in the NRL final eight. The recently re-signed fullback pulled up clutching at his torso in the 55th minute of the Raiders’ 20-13 win over Cronulla on Saturday night. Dugan will undergo a scan on Monday alongside veteran prop Scott Logan who seems to have a fractured finger. “The club will have to check it tomorrow as nothing is open today,” a club spokesman said on Sunday. The injuries add to a growing list of top tier players on the sidelines at Canberra, a list that includes tackling machine and skipper Alan Tongue. Alongside the injuries is the draw that works against the green machine in the coming weeks. Despite winning three on the trot, Canberra will go in as underdogs against Penrith, St George-Illawarra and Melbourne as the competition heads towards its climax. Coach David Furner was happy with the victory over the Sharks even though it didn’t come easily.

Josh Dugan turns the other cheek

Canberra fullback Josh Dugan has revealed rugby league’s greatest story of courage in 2010. The boom youngster has told Rugby League Week he has been playing for the past two weeks with a fractured cheekbone. “I fractured it last year against Newcastle in Round 18. I played the rest of the year with it and then I found out in Round 1 this year that I’d refractured it,” Dugan tells the magazine. “I said to myself: ‘I’ve played with it before so I’ll play with it again’. I’ve been playing the last two weeks with it like this.” “When I get a knock to it then it does get sore. But that’s footy. I just have to push through it.”