Internationals Webster added to Tri-Nations injury list

warriors4life_old

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From www.nzherald.co.nz

By Michael Brown

Jake Webster has joined Benji Marshall and David Faiumu on the injured list and will be unavailable for the Kiwis' defence of the Tri Nations.

The 22-year-old Melbourne Storm winger, who debuted for the Kiwis in last year's Tri Nations, is having a shoulder reconstruction that will rule him out of action for up to four months.

Webster is in the Storm squad to take on the Eels today but is having shoulder surgery as soon as his involvement with the NRL playoffs is over. He's signed with NRL new boys the Gold Coast Titans for the next three seasons and the medical staff at the Titans have indicated to the NZRL that Webster needs surgery.

"We have known about it for some time and while it hasn't been confirmed yet, it's looking likely he will miss the Tri Nations," Kiwis coach Brian McClennan said.

"If we were to turn the clock back a year, everyone was surprised that Jake and Manu [Vatuvei] were in the side but they went on to do some great things. It just means an opportunity for someone else."

The Melbourne-born Webster has made six test appearances, including the 50-12 Anzac test defeat to Australia in May, but McClennan is well served at wing with Vatuvei, Lesley Vainikolo, Matt Utai and Tame Tupou among those battling for selection.

Even though Marshall and Faiumu play in the key positions of five-eighths and hooker respectively, McClennan is better served in these areas than 12 months ago.

Warriors No 6 Jerome Ropati, who missed last year's tournament through injury, has developed into a handy player and the versatile Nathan Fien, who has pledged his allegiance to New Zealand, can slot into hooker, halfback, or five-eighths.

Marshall has missed most of the NRL season with yet another shoulder injury while Faiumu went under the knife for a long-standing groin injury.

Injured duo Roy Asotasi (knee) and Nathan Cayless (fractured eye socket) have both indicated they expect to be fit and available for selection. Cayless returns to action for the Eels against the Storm today, while there are hopes Asotasi might play later in the playoffs if the Bulldogs survive.

The pair would be high in McClennan's plans, particularly Asotasi, who last week was named the NRL's prop of the year at the Dally M awards.

Already 19 players have been named in a training squad, including 11 from the Warriors, and McClennan will continue adding names as NRL teams are eliminated from the playoffs. UK-based players will also be announced with the regular Super League season due to finish on September 18, ahead of their grand final on October 15.

The Tri Nations kicks off on October 14, when the Kiwis host the Kangaroos at Mt Smart Stadium.

The NZRL Kiwis Association is hosting a lunch on Friday at the Mangere East Rugby League Club to discuss 'The Road Ahead for New Zealand Rugby League'.

Brian McClennan and former Kiwis coach Frank Endacott will be among the guests.
 

warriors4life_old

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That's bad news as Webster was one of our leading try-scorers last year, but another example of club getting preference over country.
 

warriorfaithful*_old

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warriors4life said:
That's bad news as Webster was one of our leading try-scorers last year, but another example of club getting preference over country.

And it might just make some more room for mannering to start in the centres for the kiwis.
 

Jesbass_old

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It's definitely a pity, but it seems pretty legitimate, going by what Brian McClennan was saying about having known about it for quite some time.
 

Skinny_Ravs82

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It's a real shame, I just hope he doesn't aggrivate the problem anymore in today's game. But yeah club over country.. again! But also I wouldn't want half fit players playing coz that is also a bad thing.
 

*Kimmy*_old

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I'm gutted..was really looking forward to seeing Webster care up in the tri nations this year!!
 

2big2strong_old

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yeah huge loss, i just hope he isn't replaced by Matt Utai, he's a liability under the high ball. I'd rather see a back line like this....

1. Brent Webb
2. Iosia Soliola/Shontayne Hape
3. Steve Matai/Simon Mannering
4. Nigel Vagana/Paul Whatuira
5. Lesley Vainakolo
6. Jerome Ropati/Nigel Vagana
 

commonsense_old

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yeh although he is a big loss himself... there are other quality players. in the centres we got matai, soliola, mannering, hape, vagana etc. wings we got vatuvei, vainokolo, utai, tupou.
 

warriorfaithful*_old

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MiXmasterreece said:
Big loss.

Makes way for Soilola and Matai to start though.

Yeah. Ive seen matai play a few times this year, and he is impressive. He gets round the field to make tackles and hes good on attack.
 

kiwi man_old

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i would like to see a backline of:
1.B. Webb
2.T. Tupou
3.S. Matai
4.J. Webster/S. Mannering/I. Soliola
5.M. Vatuvei
6.J. Ropati
7.S. Jones
 

KiLLaHFaYe_old

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thats bad news. webster has been impressive this season. big loss, but we do have a few more in line after him, so hopefully they can fit in well eg: mannering, matai, hape, vagana(please put him back in the centres), whatuira etc
 

2big2strong_old

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MiXmasterreece said:
Hahaha excellent maybe Webster will be sweet :

"Melbourne doctor Mary Toomey revealed that Webster would have minor surgery today, but said the Kiwi international would be available for the club's grand final qualifying match on Saturday week and the end-of-season Tri-Nations tournament."

https://www.smh.com.au/news/league/cracks-appear-within-storm/2006/09/10/1157826816722.html

^this is for a fractured cheekbone^

The reason he's going to miss the tri-nations is because he's having a shoulder reconstruction after the season has ended. The Melbourne doctor obviously doesn't realise the Titans plans.

I condemn you and your false hopes mix! :evil: I pray to my overlord to have mercy on your overlord.
 

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