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NRL injuries and suspensions: Oates out with broken jaw, Drinkwater, Hiku charged, Munster, Lodge undergo surgery

Corey Oates. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

Broncos winger Corey Oates will undergo surgery today after suffering a “displaced fracture” to the jaw during his side’s 28-16 Round 2 win over the Cowboys and is expected to be sidelined for between six to eight weeks.

Oates was injured from a shoulder charge by Cowboys fullback Scott Drinkwater who is now facing a four-week suspension. He will miss three matches if he accepts the early guilty plea.

Cowboys teammate Peta Hiku faces a three-week suspension for an earlier crusher tackle on Oates in the same match, but will only miss two games if he doesn’t fight the charge.

Storm five-eighth Cameron Munster will miss up to three weeks following surgery on a compound fracture injury to his finger. Munster sustained the injury while making a tackle during the Storm’s 13-12 win over the Eels.

His teammate Xavier Coates is set to also miss two weeks after suffering a shoulder injury in the same match.

Roosters enforcer Matt Lodge will undergo surgery this week after a head clash resulted in a depressed facial fracture during his side’s Round 1 loss to the Dolphins. It is unsure how long he will be sidelined, but these injuries can see players out for around four to six weeks.

Lodge’s teammate Victor Radley was also unable to finish the match, failing an HIA after collecting the hip of Dolphin forward Kenny Bromwich. Radley had not long returned to the field after sustaining an eye injury earlier in the match after some friendly fire from a teammate during a tackle. He will be assessed during the week.


Tigers forward Shawn Blore’s return from missing 18 months due to an ACL injury did not last long, failing an HIA after being on the field for only 18 minutes. He will undergo protocols before being cleared to play.

It’s the same story for Knights forward Tyson Frizell who failed his HIA during the Knights loss to the Warriors. Kalyn Ponga also came off for an HIA in the same match but was eventually cleared so will be fine for Round 2.

The Rabbitohs will be sweating on the fitness of a few starts, with Tevita Taola suffering a head knock and Jai Arrow a hamstring injury during their win against the Sharks. Both failed to finish the match and will be assessed during the week. Rabbitohs fullback Latrell Mitchell is also suffering from a PCL injury but is expected to be fine for Round 2.

Titans halfback Kieran Foran will undergo scans to determine the extent of a knee injury he sustained during his side’s 22-10 win over the Tigers. His teammate Beau Fermor will miss the entire season after suffering a knee injury at training.

Foran was unable to finish the match, with coach Justin Holbrook hopeful his star recruit can return soon. Holbrook believes it looks more likely a PCL injury as opposed to an ACL injury.

Canterbury forward Luke Thompson will miss at least three months after suffering an ankle injury at training.New coach Cameron Ciraldo is lacking a few key forwards with Tevita Pangai jnr, Chris Patolo and Bailey Biondi-Odo also injured.


Panthers winger Taylan May will miss the entire 2023 season after it was confirmed he suffered a ruptured ACL during his side’s loss to St Helens in the World Club Challenge.

May was controversially allowed to play in Penrith’s 2022 Grand Final win and have a two-match suspension moved to the start of the current season. It is unclear if this will now be rescheduled for the start of the 2024 season.

The Bulldogs will be without Tevita Pangai Jnr until at least Round 4 after he suffered a calf strain at training. He is expected to be replaced by Fa’amanu Brown for the Dogs season opener against the Sea Eagles.

Warriors half Luke Metcalf missed his new club’s second trial match after sustaining a hamstring injury, and is expected to be sidelined for much of the season.

Eels back-rower Shaun Lane suffered a fractured jaw during his side’s 36-14 win over the Knights during week 2 of the Pre-Season Challenge.

Lane lasted seven minutes in his first hit-out of the year before he was left clutching at his jaw after copping a shoulder from Daniel Saifiti while attempting a tackle. He was sent straight for scans, receiving the bad news the following day. At this stage the length of time Lane will spend on the sidelines is unknown.


CT scans have confirmed Broncos fullback Reece Walsh suffered a fracture to his eye’s orbital floor during his side’s 24-all draw with the Titans on Sunday night.

The 20-year-old does not require surgery but it is set to miss a few weeks.

Melbourne wrecking ball Justin Olam is expected to miss the first six weeks of the NRL season after fracturing his jaw during Week 1 of the Pre-Season Challenge

The Papua New Guinea star was hurt early in the Storm’s 32-24 defeat to the Sydney Roosters and was sent for scans immediately after. Those scans have confirmed a fracture, with Olam set to undergo surgery

Canberra also suffered a monumental injury blow with fullback Xavier Savage to miss the first six rounds of the NRL season with a fractured jaw.

During the Raiders match against the Bulldogs, Savage was collected by Canterbury forward Jackson Topine and is expected to be out until at least round seven.


The injury comes as a significant hit to Canberra, given they let fellow fullback Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad go to the Warriors at the end of last year.

Before the trials even began, the Sharks were dealt a huge blow with fullback Kade Dykes undergoing surgery from a ruptured ACL at training and is set to miss the entire 2023 season. This creates a lack of depth in the fullback department with Lachlan Miller moving over to the Knights just days before the injury to Dykes.

Roosters utility Connor Watson was expected to receive the same fate after rupturing his patella tendon during training, but after a successful surgery, there is a chance of him returning in August.

Brisbane Broncos

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Kobe HetheringtonBicep2024
Corey OatesBroken JawRound 8-10

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Canberra Raiders

PlayerReasonReturn time
Xavier SavageJawRound 7
Adrian TrevilyanShoulder/Kneemid-season
Josh Papali’iCalfRound 3
Jordan RapanaSuspensionRound 5

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Canterbury Bulldogs

PlayerReasonReturn time
Declan CaseyShoulderRound 5
Sam HughesBackRound 6
Bailey Biondi-OdoKneeRound 21
Tevita Pangai JrCalfRound 5
Chris PatoloKneeRound 12
Luke ThompsonAnkleRound 16
Andrew DaveyHead KnockTBC
Josh Reynolds GroinRound 4

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Cronulla Sharks

PlayerReasonReturn time
Kade DykesACL2024
Matt IkuvaluKneeMid-season
Nicho HynesCalfRound 3-4
Jack WilliamsHead KnockRound 3

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PlayerReasonReturn time
Herman Ese’eseElbowRound 4
Edrick LeeAnkleRound 4
Harrison GrahamKneeIndefinite
Connolly LemueluHead KnockTBC
Jeremy Marshall-KingSuspendedRound 5
Ray StoneKneeRound 4

Gold Coast Titans

PlayerReasonReturn time
Patrick Herbert KneeMid-season
Aaron BoothKneeMid-season
Brian KellySuspendedRound 3
Sam Verrills ShoulderRound 3
Beau FermorKneeSeason

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Manly Sea Eagles

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Jason SaabKneeMid-season
Alec TuitavakeKneeMid-season
Josh SchusterCalfRound 3
Viliame FifitaSternumRound 3

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Melbourne Storm

PlayerReasonReturn time
Ryan PapenhuyzenKneeTBC
Tom EisenhuthBackRound 3
Tepai MoeroaCalfRound 5
Justin OlamBroken armRound 6
Tariq SimsCalfRound 3
Xavier CoatesShoulder Round 3
George JenningsIllnessRound 4
Cameron MunsterFingerRound 4
Aaron PeneRibsTBC
Tui KamikamicaFootRound 4-5
Dean IeremiaKnee2024

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New Zealand Warriors

PlayerReasonReturn time
Jackson FordHead KnockTBC
Charnze Nicoll-KlokstadHead KnockTBC
Josh CurranHipTBC
Luke MetcalfHamstringTBC
Valingi KepuFootSeason
Dallin Watene-ZelezniakCalfTBC
Rocco BerryFootRound 2

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Newcastle Knights

PlayerReasonReturn time
Kalyn PongaHead KnockTBC
Jayden BraileyHead KnockTBC
Mat CrokerSuspendedRound 3
Tyson FrizellAnkleTBC
Jack JohnsAnkleTBC
Adam ElliottGroinRound 6-8
Kurt MannCalfRound 6-8
Simi SasagiShoulderIndefinite
Krystian MapapalangiShoulderIndefinite
Jacob SaifitiSuspensionRound 8

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North Queensland Cowboys

PlayerReasonReturn time
Heilum LukiKneeRound 4-6
Luciano Leiluano-fault stand down policyTBC
Ben HamptonHipRound 3
Jack GosiewskiKneeRound 2
Mitch DunnKneeRound 4-6
Scott DrinkwaterSuspensionRound 6
Peta HikuSuspensionRound 5

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Parramatta Eels

PlayerReasonReturn time
Ryan MattersonSuspensionRound 4
Nathan BrownHamstringRound 3
Shaun LaneFractured JawTBC
Daejarn AsiKnee Round 3

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Penrith Panthers

PlayerReasonReturn time
Scott SorensenHead KnockRound 4
Taylan MayACL2024
Nathan Cleary Ankle Round 4
Jarome LuaiFootRound 4
Eddie BlackerCalfRound 4
Jesse McLeanHandRound 4

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South Sydney Rabbitohs

PlayerReasonReturn time
Liam Knightknee/shoulderTBC
Hame SeleCalfRound 3
Siliva HaviliAnkleTBC
Jai ArrowHamstring TBC
Tevita TatolaHead KnockRound 3
Jacob HostCalfRound 3

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St George Illawarra Dragons

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Cody RamseyIllness2024
Jack de BelinCalfRound 3
Toby CouchmanHead KnockTBC

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Sydney Roosters

PlayerReasonReturn time
Billy SmithACLmid-season
Sitili TupouniuaACLmid-season
Connor WatsonKneemid-late season
Victor RadleyHead Knock/EyeRound 3
Matt LodgeFacial FractureRound 7
Jared Waerea-HargreavesBack/HamstringRound 2
Brandon SmithBackTBC
Angus CrichtonPersonal ReasonsIndefinite

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Wests Tigers

PlayerReasonReturn time
Ken MaumaloKneeRound 3-4
Fonua PoleKneeTBC
Jake SimpkinHead KnockTBC
Tommy TalauHead KnockTBC
Shawn Blore Head KnockTBC
Isaiah Papali’iSuspensionRound 4

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