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Qera given the all-clear
December 6, 2009
Gloucester's Akapusi Qera is stretchered from the field, Gloucester v Newcastle Falcons, Guinness Premiership, Kingsholm, Gloucester, England, December 5, 2009
Gloucester's Akapusi Qera is stretchered from the field during his side's victory over Newcastle at Kingsholm © Getty Images
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  • Gloucester have confirmed that Akapusi Qera has been given the all-clear and released following a night spent under observation at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.

    The Fijian flanker suffered a mild concussion following a blow to the head during yesterday's Guinness Premiership victory over Newcastle Falcons at Kingsholm. Qera was temporarily knocked unconscious and received prompt on-field treatment from Gloucester's medical staff, who took every precaution in line with the normal protocols for injuries of this nature.

    Qera came round shortly after leaving the field, and subsequent tests and scans have revealed no lasting damage.

  • Bath look set to mount a vehement defence of their England wing Matt Banahan after he was sent off against Guinness Premiership rivals Northampton.

    Banahan received his marching orders yesterday at Franklin's Gardens for reckless use of the boot on Saints replacement Stephen Myler. But Bath were aggrieved by his 66th-minute dismissal that will mean a Rugby Football Union disciplinary hearing and possible minimum two-week ban.

    "We will see what happens from a judicial point of view, but from where I was sitting it didn't look like a red card," said Bath head coach Steve Meehan. "It is even worse that Stephen Myler said that he (Banahan) made contact with his forearm, not his head. Matt's pretty down in the dumps about it.

    "I do know that the assistant referee said he made contact with his head. The referee wasn't influenced by anyone except the assistant referee, who told him it was a red card."

    Banahan, who has won five caps and started all three of England's autumn Tests, is likely to face RFU disciplinary chiefs later this week.

  • Australia international Quade Cooper has been charged with one count of burglary by Queensland Police, according to reports.

    The 21-year-old allegedly robbed a Surfers Paradise residence this morning. The Queensland centre was detained before being released later in the day. He is now due to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on December 11.

    "We are still looking to receive the full facts of the issue," an Australian Rugby Union spokesman said in quotes reported on "It's a matter before the courts so at this stage we can't make any further comment."

    The news comes just a week after Cooper completed Australia's mixed tour of Europe. His form as the replacement for the injured Berrick Barnes was seen as one of the few positives to come out of the tour.


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