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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

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Raiders injury worries – Fensom out !

The Canberra Raiders’ already injury-depleted squad has suffered another triple setback before Saturday’s National Rugby League (NRL) match with the New Zealand Warriors in Auckland. Hooker and captain Alan Tongue has been ruled out with a groin strain, robbing the Raiders of another playmaking option after halfback Adam Mogg (calf) also failed to complete training yesterday. Tongue had been hopeful of leading the Raiders in the round eight match at Mt Smart Stadium but erred on the side of caution after the squad’s final session in the capital. With Canberra’s first bye scheduled for next week, Tongue felt he had a window to rest the nagging injury. “It’s best to sit it out unfortunately. I’m very disappointed, but it’s that time of year with the bye just in front of us that hopefully I can just miss one game and be right in the long term,” he said. Although scans cleared Mogg of any structural damage to the calf he injured against South Sydney last weekend, he would also not be risked while second rower Shaun Fensom also missed today’s flight. Tongue will be replaced at hooker by Glen Buttriss while Marc Herbert is expected to start at halfback. Josh McCrone and Troy Thompson were added to a rearranged bench. The trio’s injuries add to a casualty ward already including Joel Monaghan, Danny Galea, Travis Waddell, James Stuart, David Milne and Justin Carney.

Visiting the Judiciary – Round 3

Gold Coast backrower Bodene Thompson will accept the three game suspension after pleading guilty to high tackle which left Canberra Hooker Travis Waddell with a broken jaw. Thompson reduced his possible suspension by one match by taking the early plea, the rookie forward to miss crucial games against North Queensland, Melbourne and St George Illawarra.

Waddell was due to undergo surgery today after he was left with fractures to both sides of his jaw when a shoulder charge from Thompson collected him flush on the side of the head.

The only other player charged from the weekend’s matches, Newcastle prop Mark Taufua, won’t miss any games after pleading guilty to a grade one striking charge.

No trip to the judiciary for Bailey

Gold Coast Titans prop Luke Bailey has escaped a tripping charge after he was placed on report after Saturday’s night clash with the Canberra Raiders. Bailey was booked following a 33rd-minute incident in which he appeared to stick his leg out while lying on the ground in an attempt to stop Raiders lock Shaun Fensom. The fact Bailey didn’t bring Fensom to the ground has saved the New South Wales front-rower from a charge by the NRL match review committee. Titans teammate Bodene Thompson could miss four games for his role in a tackle which broke Canberra benchman Travis Waddell’s jaw. Thompson has received a grade five careless tackle charge and will miss three games with an early guilty plea and four if he mounts an unsuccessful defence at the NRL judiciary. Newcastle Knight’s Mark Taufua could miss one game after he was charged with striking in the 50th minute of the loss to Manly on Saturday. He can escape a ban with an early guilty plea.