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Walking Wounded Warriors

Pete Horne - pic © Al Ross
Pete Horne - pic © Al Ross

Glasgow Warriors centre Peter Horne sustained knee and ankle injuries during the Munster game, and after review his ankle requires surgical repair at BMI Ross Hall Hospital. He is now expected to be out of action for up to 16 weeks which means Vern Cotter will need to look for a new backup 10 for the Six Nations. Matt Scott’s chances of inclusion just increased though.

Winger Rory Hughes sustained a knee injury and will also undergo surgery at BMI Ross Hall Hospital. He is expected to remain on the sidelines for up to eight weeks.

In slightly better news, Adam Ashe has stepped up his comeback from a hip injury and is finally being integrated back into training with the squad.

Second-rows Tjiuee Uanivi, Scott Cummings and Greg Peterson, along with long-lost utility centre Richie Vernon are progressing well with White Sands rehab following shoulder injuries – yes, all of them – and are working on fitness with the club’s strength and conditioning team, ahead of a return early in the New Year.

Winger Leonardo Sarto is progressing well under the guidance of the medical team following shoulder surgery last month.

Warren Gatland has announced his backroom team for the 2017 Lions team, but without either Joe Schmidt or Gregor Townsend who were apparently consulted but turned it down. An as yet unnamed attack specialist will work with (or under), um, Rob Howley alongside Steve Borthwick (forwards) and Andy Farrell (defence).

Oh, and Craig Joubert has announced his retirement. He’ll become Referee Talent Development Coach at World Rugby.

4 Responses

  1. Time for Glasgow to call Quins & ask for Jackson on loan. Good for the Warriors, for Jackson and for Scotland

    Glad to see the back of Joubert – I’d live with wrong calls, even big ones – he cost France an RWC as well as our quarter final – but will never forget or forgive his sprint of shame. Perhaps he’s going to be the refs speed coach ?

  2. I for one will never, ever forgive Joubert for the RWC. It still hurts, 12 months on and it probably always will.
    On the subject of back up outside half, what is Tom Heathcote up to at Worcester?

  3. Joubert is a shameful face, a disgrace to credible , well balanced referees, who was finally outed in the RWC.

    I believe in a split second , Joubert played the 16th man without considering the consequences. He backed his southern hemisphere employers (arguably he backed those individuals he referees week in week out) over the integrity of his position.

    This was not of course the first time he played the hand of God and helped McCaw’s All Blacks to win over France in 2011. Three times he watched McCaw coming on from the side.

    He then made the second mistake of the night when he sprinted off the pitch.

    Poite is not ideal, Lacey will be poor either side, however dont mind Jaco.

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