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Sam Burgess relieved with prognosis

Relieved South Sydney forward Sam Burgess is confident he’ll be back on the field within a month after scans revealed only minor damage to his troublesome left shoulder. The England international re-injured his left shoulder just 30 minutes in to his comeback match from off-season surgery against the Roosters on Friday night. Burgess, 22, admits he feared the worst after coming off second best in an attempted tackle on New Zealand centre Shaun Kenny-Dowall in the Bunnies’ 40-29 loss. But the likeable giant could hardly wipe the smile of his face when he emerged to front a large media pack on Monday morning. “I got some fairly good results this morning, there was a little bit of damage in there but it’s better than I expected on Friday night,” a relieved Burgess said at Redfern Oval. “Fingers crossed I’ll be back out there in two to four weeks.” “I’ll work hard on some rehab and we’ll go from there.” Burgess dismissed suggestions he tried to return from his off-season injury too soon. “It was a bit of a shock, I trained really well and the shoulder had been really strong in training so I felt really confident to play,” he said. Continue reading

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South Sydney face an anxious wait with star forward Sam Burgess to see a specialist this week after reinjuring a shoulder in Friday night’s NRL loss to the Sydney Roosters. Burgess left the Sydney Football Stadium late in the first half of the 40-29 defeat before having an MRI scan on the left shoulder he had surgery on in November. The Rabbitohs will be desperately hoping the big Englishman can avoid another operation after a night of carnage which will leave the club’s highly rated pack seriously depleted for the second straight year. Coach John Lang was hopeful on Friday night that Burgess’ injury was “not super bad”. But another bout of surgery could have the backrower sidelined for three months. Luckless prop Scott Geddes is gone for the season after it was confirmed he ruptured his Achilles tendon. The injury-plagued 30-year-old, who has spent more than half of his decade long career in the stands, lasted just seven minutes of 2011 when he came off the Rabbitohs bench. Lock Ben Lowe’s broken foot is still to be confirmed but he is likely to miss up to two months. Continue reading

South Sydney super signing Greg Inglis and gun Rabbitohs Sam Burgess, Issac Luke and Luke Stuart have today been named in one of the club’s strongest line-ups on paper in years for their 2011 Telstra Premiership opener against the Roosters next Friday.

Rabbitohs coach John Lang has taken the unusual step of naming his side over a week before kick-off, with the talented line-up sure to have fans excited about the clash between the fierce eastern suburbs rivals, which will open the 2011 season at the SFS.

With only Michael Crocker and Jason Clark unavailable to play in round one due to injury, Lang will be fielding close to his best possible team, however it will also be the first time Inglis, Luke, Burgess and Stuart have played a match together.

All four missed the three trial games – of which Souths only won one match against NSW Cup team Newtown – because they were recovering from surgery for a variety of injuries. Continue reading

Titans flog Souths

South Sydney coach John Lang has a major headache ahead of the Rabbitohs’ opening match of the NRL season after a 42-4 flogging by Gold Coast on Saturday night.

Already missing star signing Greg Inglis and with fellow internationals Sam Burgess, Isaac Luke and Michael Crocker under injury clouds as well, Lang’s worries were heightened with a further injury to backrower Ben Lowe during the trial match in Coffs Harbour on the NSW north coast.

Even accounting for the absence of his stars Lang would also be holding serious doubts over his attacking options as the tried and tested halves combination of Chris Sandow and John Sutton was virtually impotent against the Titans.

Gold Coast coach John Cartwright has no such worries. Continue reading

St George Illawarra have named the son of Parramatta great Mick Cronin in a squad containing 10 of their premiership stars for Sunday’s Charity Shield clash with South Sydney. Peter Cronin is among four recruits making their debuts for the Dragons, joining former Manly and Cronulla forward Adam Cuthbertson, Wests Tigers signing David Gower and ex-Penrith forward Daniel Penese at ANZ Stadium. The traditional fixture will also mark the return from long-term injury for prop Dan Hunt (Achilles), who has signed a new deal with the club, and outside back Ratu Peni Tagive (knee). Exciting young Dragons hooker Cameron King, who played one NRL match last season and was recently chosen in Ricky Stuart’s NSW Blues in waiting squad, has been given the opportunity to start at hooker. Assistant coach Steve Price will be in charge of the team with Wayne Bennett on NRL All Stars duty.

The Rabbitohs have named their strongest available line-up, with a long list of players sidelined by injury. Sam Burgess (shoulder), Greg Inglis (shoulder/hip), Issac Luke (shoulder), Michael Crocker (knee), Luke Stuart (shoulder), Jason Clark (hamstring) and Blake Judd (hamstring) are all out but are expected to be fit for the round one match against the Sydney Roosters. Prop Ben Ross will back up from the bench following his first game in nearly two years last weekend following a neck injury. Meanwhile, Hunt has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him at the Dragons until the end of 2013.Sunday’s game will be his first since rupturing his Achilles in the warm-up to the round 11 clash against Canberra at WIN Stadium last May. “It is pretty exciting times for me at the moment, to be returning to the field and also to secure my future here at the Dragons for a couple of extra years,” Hunt said. “It’s been a long recovery road but all the hard work will have paid off come Sunday when I get out there on the field.” The Rabbitohs will be looking to take home the Charity Shield for the fourth consecutive year.

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.

Souths in Double Trouble

South Sydney could be hit with a major double blow for this Sunday’s match up against the Parramatta Eels with Captain Roy Asotasi and Michael Crocker set to be ruled out. Rabbitohs captain Asotasi is struggling to recover from a knee injury in time for the showdown with Parramatta while Queensland hardman Crocker is long odds to make his first NRL appearance for the season. The loss of Asotasi and Crocker represents a major test for the South Sydney pack, with Ben Lowe also missing for one week through suspension for a careless high tackle. Crocker underwent three off-season operations and continues to be a work-in-progress for the South Sydney rehabilitation staff.

Round 1 Teams – Rabbitohs Update

Souths new recruit Dave Taylor ($196,000 2RF/FRF) did not take part in a simulated training match yesterday, but has assured fans and DT Coaches he will be fit and ready to go to take his place alongside UK import Sam Burgess ($120,300 FRF/2RF) in the season opener. “I’ll be right to play round one,” Taylor said. The former Bronco was the glaring absentee as new coach John Lang put the squad through a testing 80-minute session at Redfern Oval, spending the time locked in the gym working on the left ankle strain that forced him to miss the All Stars clash. The injury scare sparked fears the 21-year-old back-rower may miss the season-opener alongside Michael Crocker ($185,600 2RF), still recovering from groin, shoulder and ankle surgery, but both Taylor and Lang were quick to guarantee he will take his place on the field at the ANZ Stadium next Sunday.  Boasting arguably, and yet to be proven, the toughest pack in the NRL fans of the Rabbits are licking their lips at the season ahead. Enjoying the likes of Roy Asotasi ($238,200 FRF) , Ben Ross ($149,500 FRF), Scott Geddes ($188,600 FRF), Eddy Pettybourne ($198,000 2RF/FRF), Michael Crocker, Isaac Luke ($226,300 HOK), Dave Taylor and Sam Burgess brought this quip from Taylor, “The reason you come to a new club is to win premierships and that’s one thing that I’m looking forward to is winning a premiership at Souths.”

Ins and Outs

I was looking back through the news earlier in January of this year and came along an ‘Ins and Outs’ for player movements and injury concerns for this season. Mostly it was information we already knew about, but there were some injuries and their predicted returns that took me by surprise – {Bulldogs} David Stagg – shoulder (Rd 2) {Titans} Luke O’Dwyer – knee (Rd 3) Esi Tonga – shoulder (Rd 2) Aaron Cannings – shoulder (Rd 6) {Eels} Nathan Hindmarsh – wrist (indefinite) {Panthers} Jarrod Sammut – ankle (Rd 1-2) Gavin Cooper – ankle (Rd 1-2) {Rabbitohs} Michael Crocker – ankle (Rd 2) {Roosters} Braith Anasta – ankle (Rd 1) {Cowboys} Matt Bowen – knee (Rd 6) .

Now I do want you to keep in mind this information was posted early January and we all know injury times can change, but I at least wanted all coaches to know what they are considering early. How are those teams looking ? Finalised ? Changed 23 times ? Ever-growing watchlist ?