Rugby World Cup: Injury watch

2011-09-22 12:41

Cape Town - An update on the Rugby World Cup players who are currently suffering from injuries with estimates on when they will return to the playing field.

Quarter-final 1:


Rory Best - Shoulder injury, doubtful for selection against Wales.
Jerry Flanery - Torn calf muscle, ruled out of the rest of the World Cup.



Quarter-final 2:

Fabrice Estebanez - Received three match ban for dangerous tackle against Tonga, subsequently missing the rest of the tournament.
David Skrela - Damaged shoulder, out of the rest of the tournament.
Nicolas Mas - Hamstring strain, has been ruled out of the the last two pool matches and may return in the quarter-finals.

Jonny Wilkinson - Forearm injury, doubtful for selection against France.
Mike Tindall - Dead leg, doubtful for selection against France.
Andrew Sheridan - Shoulder injury recurrence, ruled out of the tournament.
Matt Stevens - Ankle injury, was not named in the team to face Romania on Saturday, September 24.
Nick Easter - Back injury, unknown recovery time.

Quarter-final 3:


Drew Mitchell - Hamstring strain, ruled out of the tournament.
Wycliffe Palu - Hamstring tear, ruled out of the tournament.
Pat McCabe - Dislocated shoulder, expected only to return during the latter stages of the tournament.
Scott Higginbotham - Back injury, unkown recovery time.

South Africa:
Francois Steyn - Shoulder injury, ruled out of the tournament
Bakkies Botha - Recurrence of Achilles tendenosis, unknown recovery time.

Quarter-final 4:

New Zealand:
Dan Carter - Groin injury, ruled out of the tournament.
Ritchie McCaw - Foot injury, expected to be available for selection for q
Richard Kahui - Hamstring strain, ruled out for their match against Canada on October 2.


Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe - Knee injury, unknown recovery time.
Gonzalo Tiesi - Damaged Knee ligaments, ruled out of the tournament.
Julio Farias Cabello - Hamstring injury, did not face Romania.

Our aim is to keep this list as comprehensive and up to date as possible, using our various sources, but please do not hold us to it. And if you have any information to add to the above, please send it to Thank you.


  • Frank - 2011-09-12 10:52

    What a beautiful game..almost like soccer..

      lasherza - 2011-09-12 11:08

      Soccer is rubbish compared to this game haha Soccer is as exciting as watching grass grow

      Gazza69 - 2011-09-16 09:51

      Anyone notice that the South Sea Islanders don't get injured????? Worrying!

      Bellakanoose - 2011-09-19 12:40

      Quade Cooper - Emotional damage from being booed by his homeland.

      kosie - 2011-09-19 16:39

      @ gazza, have you noticed that most of the bottom tier teams don't have injuries. let me tell you why because you clearly can't figure it out, they haven't played as much rugby as the top tier teams, and those that play in the NH clubs, have had off for almost 3 months. the islanders play very little international tests

      TerraFic - 2011-09-23 11:53

      Bismarck du Plessis - Due to idiotism from coach.

  • MrGumede - 2011-09-12 14:17

    Not all soccer is that boring :)

  • jk - 2011-09-12 14:41

    france by 8...wp by 9, maties to take club champs..

      caleb69 - 2011-09-12 15:28

      Ha ha, this is how I wanna end my Monday, thanx for the laugh

      jk - 2011-09-12 15:47


  • karl.wortmann - 2011-09-12 17:56

    With what are Adam Thomson's muscles armed? Pity about Bakkies and Matfield... maybe we shouldn't be playing injured players in the first place?

  • BigRed - 2011-09-12 22:36

    Football/Soccer is known as wendy ball in Wales:-) :-)

  • Bluffbandit - 2011-09-17 10:24

    Only player not welcomed back must be Habana.. no worth.. please PDV

      sharkbait - 2011-09-23 17:11

      Do you ever wonder what life would be like if you'd had enough oxygen at birth?

  • Bert Pajou - 2011-09-18 11:28

    Hm, with a fe more injuries we may end up with a very good team

  • jovie - 2011-09-19 11:24

    Please update!

  • jovie - 2011-09-19 16:25

    Can you give us an update on Pococks injury???

  • DB Hauptfleisch - 2011-09-23 07:29

    Interesting that only the big rugby nations (and japan) have injured players - NZ, SA, AUS, FR, IRL, WLS, ENG, ARG. Shouldn't they be hurting the mino's? Just interesting... Over training, over played or what?

  • erewhon - 2011-09-23 08:18

    All the South African injuries concern their availability for the Fiji match which is now well behind us !! Update please

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