News in Brief
All Black Jack heading home
September 8, 2009
Chris Jack will play his last game for Western Province this weekend
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- Lock Chris Jack is about to end his tenure in South African domestic rugby before returning to New Zealand to have a crack at reclaiming his All Black jersey.
There had been speculation that Jack would agree to extend his stay with Western Province in the Currie Cup but coach Allister Coetzee has revealed the Canterbury forward will depart to take up his contract with the New Zealand Rugby Union after playing against the Free State Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday.
Jack, who turned 31 on Saturday, is likely to return with the Crusaders in next year's Super 14, although that is still to be confirmed. Reports out of South Africa say the 67-test veteran will undergo an operation on his hand before beginning training for the Super 14.
Province have also been dealt a heavy blow with the news that centre Morgan Newman will be out until March after tearing cruciate ligaments in his left knee during a victory over the Blue Bulls on Saturday.
- Munster flanker Alan Quinlan could make a cathartic return to action against Cardiff Blues in the Magners League on Friday night. Quinlan is included in the squad for the first time since a 12-week ban ruled him out of the British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa.
- The Blues Bulls have lost tight-head prop Frik Kirsten for six to eight months after it was revealed that the 21-year-old requires surgery on a disc lesion.