Folau Fakatava: Highlanders scrum-half out for as much as a 12 months after sustaining a knee damage in opposition to Crusaders. | Rugby Union Information

Folau Fakatava: Highlanders scrum-half out for up to a year after sustaining a knee injury against Crusaders. | Rugby Union News

Fakatava will want an operation and a rehabilitation interval of as much as 12 months; final month the 21-year-old signed a brand new cope with the Highlanders till 2023; Tony Brown: “He is been enjoying excellent rugby this season and he will need to have been in consideration for the All Blacks”

Final Up to date: 07/04/21 9:09am

Folau Fakatava was injured within the Highlanders’ victory over the Crusaders final week

The Highlanders’ highly-rated scrum-half Folau Fakatava might be out of motion for as much as a 12 months after sustaining a knee damage in final week’s win over the Crusaders, the Tremendous Rugby workforce stated on Wednesday.

Fakatava, who final month signed a brand new deal till 2023, will want an operation to restore the injury and a rehabilitation interval of 9 to 12 months, the Highlanders stated.

“That is robust on Folau; he is been enjoying excellent rugby this season and he will need to have been in consideration for the All Blacks together with his performances in Tremendous Rugby Aotearoa and the Mitre 10 Cup,” Highlanders head coach Tony Brown stated.

“We’re lucky that we have now a superb substitute in Kayne Hammington, who has been coaching laborious for a possibility, he’s very skilled and is aware of our recreation nicely.”

Tremendous Rugby Trans-Tasman ditches plans for single-venue ‘tremendous spherical’

Tremendous Rugby’s Trans-Tasman competitors has deserted plans for a “tremendous spherical” this 12 months, the place all 10 groups would play in a single metropolis in a single weekend, however will discover the idea sooner or later, New Zealand Rugby’s Chris Lendrum stated on Wednesday.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stated on Tuesday the nation would enable quarantine-free visits from Australia from April 19, elevating the chance that the competitors scheduled to start on Might 14 will go forward.

NZR’s head {of professional} rugby Lendrum stated the thought of the single-city spherical had been placed on maintain and the 5 fixtures within the third spherical of the six-week competitors would now be held at totally different venues.

“That is one factor we have run out of runway to do that 12 months,” Lendrum instructed reporters. “With the uncertainty constructing into it, it was too laborious to ponder basing ourselves in a single metropolis.

“It is actually an idea we wish to discover sooner or later when circumstances round our competitors are extra settled. We’re engaged on the venues for spherical three fixtures now and can announce these in the end.

“We’ll have a situation the place some groups now have three house video games and a few groups have two, however we’re encouraging golf equipment who play one another that weekend to have a industrial dialogue about how proceeds of the sport are shared.”

The 5 Tremendous Rugby groups from Australia and New Zealand have been restricted to home competitions for the reason that COVID-19 pandemic shut down the twenty fifth season of the inter-continental model final March.

Governing physique SANZAAR is taking inventory of the announcement by the New Zealand PM on Tuesday and will but should rejig the already-published schedule to scale back the variety of instances the groups fly throughout the Tasman Sea.

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