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Injury Load Lightens as Players Return for Moana Clash

There’s no doubt the Crusaders have been impacted by an unusually high injury rate in the opening rounds of Super Rugby Pacific 2023. Thankfully the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter. 


Of the 17 currently sidelined, nine are set to return within the next few weeks, including five to face Moana Pasifika in Round 7 on 7 April at Orangetheory Stadium here in Christchurch. 


Returning to play on Friday are Macca Springer (ankle injury), Quinten Strange (hamstring), Finlay Brewis (shoulder), Jack Goodhue (adductor) and David Havili (shoulder). 


John Roche, Crusaders Lead Physio, said while it had been a busy injury period for the team, getting these players back fit was a big step forward. 


“We have had a significant number of serious injuries this year which reflects the physical and demanding nature of Super Rugby,” Roche said.  


“While it is always disappointing to see any of our players out of action, we have a great support team working in the background to support them through their recovery and prepare them to return to play.” 


Scott Robertson, Crusaders Head Coach, said it was “awesome to have the guys back”.  


“There’s been good energy at training and they’ve worked really hard to get back as quickly and safely as they possibly can,” Robertson said. 


“Jack Goodhue coming back is great timing, and David has done remarkably well with his rehab. Same with Quin and Finlay, great efforts from all involved.” 


Other currently injured Crusaders continue to work hard to return to full match-fitness, with many already participating in much of the team’s weekly training routines. 



Injury summary as of 6 April 2023: 

Not returning in 2023 season: 

George Bell 

Fletcher Newell 

Mitch Dunshea 

Sevu Reece  


Return to play within four weeks: 

Oli Jager  

Zach Gallagher  

Sam Whitelock 

Cullen Grace 


Return to play towards end of season: 

Ethan Blackadder 

Taha Kemara 


Improving but return to play still to be confirmed: 

Will Jordan 


Assessment ongoing: 

George Bower