News in Brief
Poitrenaud adds to Toulouse injury woes
August 31, 2009

  • Toulouse are facing an injury crisis at fullback ahead of their Top 14 showdown with Bayonne on Wednesday after Clement Poitrenaud underwent surgery on his fractured hand.

    Poitrenaud sustained the injury during Saturday's loss to Perpignan and joins Maxime Medard, who has a dislocated shoulder, on the treatment table. Possible replacement Cedric Heymans is also struggling with a groin injury.

  • The Tri-Nations Test between the All Blacks and South Africa at Hamilton on September 12 has been confirmed as a sell-out. The New Zealand Rugby Union has announced that all 31,557 tickets for the match have been snapped up with the last going during the weekend. It will be Waikato Stadium's inaugural Tri-Nations Test.

  • Springboks Bryan Habana and Victor Matfield have confirmed that they will play for the Barbarians against New Zealand at Twickenham on December 5. The duo join Pumas fly-half Juan Martin Hernandez and Wallabies Matt Giteau and Stirling Mortlock in having confirmed.

  • Former All Blacks wing Jonah Lomu will make his return to rugby after being named in Marseille's side for their opening Federale One fixture of the season.

  • Tasman scrum-half Kahn Fotuali'i has been cited for a dangerous tackle on Hawke's Bay fullback Israel Dagg during Friday's Air New Zealand Cup loss in Napier.

    Fotuali'i was cited for a charge considered high, and without the use of arms. He will appear before New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU) judicial officer Bruce Squire, QC, at the NZRU offices in Wellington on Wednesday.

  • The Blue Bulls have announced that Springbok hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle will stay with the side until 2011 after agreeing a new deal at Loftus Versfeld.

  • The Waratahs have bolstered their second-row ranks for the next Super 14 season with the signing of former Emerging Springbok Hendrik Roodt from the Bulls on a two-year deal.

  • Former Queensland and Australia skipper Rod McCall has been elected as the chairman of Queensland rugby. The 1991 World Cup-winner replaces Peter Lewis, who stood down in July.


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