Vuna injured in Rebels Super Rugby trial


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    Wallabies winger Cooper Vuna’s shoulder troubles continue after he suffered a suspected fracture in the Melbourne Rebels’ trial loss to the NSW Waratahs.

    Vuna left North Hobart Oval in the 18th minute of the 24-16 defeat clutching his right shoulder.

    The injury was initially thought to be a “stinger” but a suspected break in the right shoulder blade will be investigated, a Rebels official said.

    The former Newcastle Knights rugby league back had his breakthrough season as a Wallaby cut short when he dislocated his left shoulder playing club rugby last year and underwent surgery.

    Rebels assistant coach John Muggleton said the two doctors travelling with the side would assess Vuna before deciding whether he would have x-rays in Hobart on Saturday night.

    “It’s a bit of a funny one,” Muggleton said.

    “We’re not sure what’s wrong.

    “He’s sore behind the shoulder in the scapula area so obviously we’ll just wait and see how it settles down and the doctors will make a decision on that.”

    In better news for the Rebels, flyhalf James O’Connor made it through unscathed after an injury-plagued 2012.

    He is set to join fellow Wallabies star Kurtley Beale in the Rebels side to take on the Hurricanes in Geelong next weekend.

    “The last three or four times he’s played he’s been injured so for him to get through that … was good for his mental approach,” Muggleton said of O’Connor.

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    • February 3rd 2013 @ 6:04am
      Billy Bob said | February 3rd 2013 @ 6:04am | ! Report

      Sad news for Vuna. I hope he recovers quickly.
      Glad I got to wish him well before the hatchet mob wake up.

    • February 3rd 2013 @ 11:13am
      Blinky Bill of Bellingen said | February 3rd 2013 @ 11:13am | ! Report

      It doesn’t sound good. Hopefully it won’t be too serious and he’ll be back playing soon. 😉

    • February 3rd 2013 @ 11:31am
      allblackfan said | February 3rd 2013 @ 11:31am | ! Report

      hopefully the news isn’t that bad. Want to see him back on the field ASAP!

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