JOC out 4-6 weeks, Petaia sidelined, Lolesio returns, Edmed stays at 10

Wallabies flyhalf James O’Connor will miss as much as six weeks with a knee harm suffered in a conflict with Australia teammate Andrew Kellaway, whereas Jordan Petaia will even miss the Reds’ Tremendous Rugby conflict with the Hurricanes on Saturday.

O’Connor suffered LCL (lateral collateral ligament) harm to his knee within the 67th minute of the sport in opposition to the Rebels when Kellaway charged down his clearing kick and picked up his knee within the course of.

The Reds report no surgical procedure is required for the person Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has earmarked for the No.10 jersey in opposition to England – but it surely’s nonetheless a big blow for Brad Thorn’s crew because the hardest assignments of the season start. He’s anticipated to be sidelined for 4-6 weeks.

Petaia, in the meantime, has a low grade hamstring pressure suffered in a slip on the AAMI Park turf final week and the Reds are taking part in it protected contemplating his historical past with hamstring points. He’s solely anticipated to overlook one week.

Jock Campbell retuns from harm to put on the No.15 jersey as considered one of 4 modifications.

Queensland Premier Rugby product Lawson Creighton will make make his Tremendous Rugby beginning debut alongside captain Tate McDermott within the halves.

“We’re going to need to bring more than fight,” McDermott stated of his facet, who’ve misplaced simply as soon as regardless of taking part in inconsistently this 12 months.

“James was in some actually good type there; he’ll be a giant loss from the expertise facet of it.

“But it’s a shot for Lawson and I’m proud of how far he’s come.”

Frontrowers Harry Hoopert and Taniela Tupou transfer again to the beginning facet from the bench as Queensland look to snap a six-game shedding streak in opposition to the Hurricanes.

The Tremendous Spherical options 5 video games plus the ladies’s Tremendous W grand ultimate, with all video games in Melbourne. The Wester Pressure vs. Moana Pasifika match schedule for Friday evening has been postponed as a result of a Covid outbreak throughout the Aussie crew.

Brumbies lock Cadeyrn Neville is ready to make his first look since spherical one in opposition to the Highlanders whereas flyhalf Noah Lolesio is absolutely match to return having not been risked for the Brumbies bonus-point victory in opposition to the Fijian Drua in spherical eight. 

Waratahs Head Coach Darren Coleman has added two new faces to his beginning 15 whereas making one positional change to the crew that ran out 41-24 winners over the Western Pressure in Perth.

The ahead pack stays unchanged from final week, marking the primary time this season the Waratahs have named the identical ahead pack in consecutive matches.

Jamie Roberts and Will Harrison are the 2 new faces within the beginning backline this week. Tane Edmed retains his place at No.10 with Ben Donaldson again on the bench.

Harrison has been named at fullback after making a profitable return from a hamstring harm final week off the bench. Alex Newsome, contemporary off a double final week in opposition to the Pressure, reverts to the wing whereas Dylan Pietsch strikes to the bench.

97 Take a look at Welsh and British and Irish Lions centre Jamie Roberts makes his second begin of the season instead of Lalakai Foketi who will miss the conflict to attend a household funeral.

Coleman was supportive of his Wallaby centre taking day without work to be along with his household.

“It’s obviously disappointing to lose Lalakai, but it’s really important he attends his grandfather’s funeral.  Family is very important to us here at the Waratahs and our thoughts are with Lalakai and his family,” Coleman stated.


Chiefs vs Waratahs

Friday 6:00pm

Chiefs (1-15) : Aidan Ross, Samisoni Taukei’aho, Angus Ta’avao, Josh Lord, Tupou Vaa’i, Luke Jacobson, Sam Cane (c), Pita Gus Sowakula, Cortez Ratima, Bryn Gatland, Quinn Tupaea, Rameka Pohipi, Alex Nankivell, Jonah Lowe, Chase Tiatia.

Reserves: Bradley Slater, Ollie Norris, George Dyer, Naitoa Ah Kuoi, Samipeni Finau, Xavier Roe Rivez Reihana, Inga Finau.

Waratahs (1-15): Angus Bell, Dave Porecki, Harry Johnson-Holmes, Jed Holloway, Hugh Sinclair, Charlie Gamble, Michael Hooper, Will Harris, Jake Gordon (c), Tane Edmed, Alex Newsome, Jamie Roberts, Izaia Perese, Mark Nawaqanitawase, Will Harrison

Reserves: Tom Horton, Tetera Faulkner, Archer Holz, Geoff Cridge, Rahboni Warren-Yosayaco, Jack Grant, Ben Donaldson, Dylan Pietsch.

Moana Pasifika vs Pressure

Postponed as a result of Covid outbreak

Blues vs Fijian Drua

Saturday 5:05pm

Blues TBC

Fijian Drua (1-15): Meli Tuni, Mesulame Dolokoto, Manasa Saulo, Chris Minimbi, Viliame Rarasea, Meli Derenalagi (c), Rusiate Nasove, Te Ahiwaru Cirikidaveta, Peni Matawalu, Simione Kuruvoli, Onisi Ratave, Caleb Muntz, Kalaveti Ravouvou, Tuidraki Samusamuvodre, Kitione Taliga.

Reserves: Zuriel Togiatama, Timoci Sauvoli, Jone Koroiduadua, Isoa Nasilasila, Joseva Tamani, Leone Nawai, Jona Mataiciwa, Frank Lomani.

Hurricanes vs Queensland Reds

Saturday 7:45pm

Hurricanes (1-15): Pouri Rakete-Stones, Kianu Kereru-Symes, Tyrel Lomax, James Blackwell, Isaia Walker-Leawere, Reed Prinsep, Blake Gibson, Ardie Savea (c), TJ Perenara, Aidan Morgan, Wes Goosen, Peter Umaga-Jensen, Bailyn Sullivan, Julian Savea, Jordie Barrett.

Reserves: Leni Apisai, Xavier Numia, Tevita Mafileo, Justin Sangster, TK Howden, Jamie Sales space, Jackson Backyard-Bachop, Billy Proctor.

Reds (1-15): Harry Hoopert, Richie Asiata, Taniela Tupou, Ryan Smith, Angus Blyth, Connor Vest, Fraser McReight, Harry Wilson, Tate McDermott (c), Lawson Creighton, Filipo Daugunu, Hamish Stewart, Hunter Paisami, Suliasi Vunivalu, Jock Campbell.

Reserves: Matt Faessler, Dane Zander, Feao Fotuaika, Lopeti Faifua, Angus Scott-Younger, Kalani Thomas, Josh Flook, Mac Grealy.

Highlanders vs Brumbies

Sunday 2:00pm

Highlanders (1-15): Ethan de Groot, Liam Coltman, Jermaine Ainsley, Bryn Evans, Sam Caird, Hugh Renton, James Lentjes, Gareth Evans, Folau Fakatava, Marty Banks, Mosese Dawai, Scott Gregory, Thomas Umaga-Jensen, Freedom Vahakolo, Mitch Hunt.

Reserves: Andrew Makailo, Daniel Lienert-Brown, Josh Johneck, Max Hicks, Billy Harmon, Kayne Hemmington, Sam Gilbert, Christian Lio Willie.

Brumbies (1-15): Scott Sio, Lachlan Lonergan, Sefo Kautai, Darcy Swain, Caderyn Neville, Rob Valetini, Jahrome Brown, Pete Samu, Nic White (c), Noah Lolesio, Andy Muirhead, Irae Simone, Len Ikitau, Cam Clark, Tom Wright.

Reserves: Folau Fainga’a, James Slipper, Tom Ross, Tom Hooper, Luke Reimer, Ryan Lonergan, Rod Iona, Hudson Creighton.

Crusaders vs Rebels

Sunday 4:30pm

Crusaders (1-15): George Bower, Codie Taylor (c), Olie Jager, Zach Gallagher, Sam Whitelock, Pablo Matera, Ethan Blackadder, Cullen Grace, Mitch Drummond, Richie Mo’unga, Leicester Fainga’anuku, Jack Goodhue, Braydon Ennor, Sevu Reece, George Bridge.

Reserves: Ricky Jackson, Tamaiti Williams, Fletcher Newell, Dominic Gardiner, Corey Kellow, Bryn Corridor, Fergus Burke, Chay Fihaki.

Rebels (1-15): Cameron Orr, James Hanson, Cabous Eloff, Matt Philip, Josh Hill, Rob Leota, Brad Wilkin, Michael Wells (c), James Tuttle, Matt To’omua, Glen Vaihu, Stacey Ili, Andrew Kellaway, George Value, Reece Hodge.

Reserves: Efi Ma’afu, Matt Gibbon, Rhys Van Nek, Josh Canham, Tamati Ioane, Sam Wallis, Joe Powell, Carter Gordon.

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