News in Brief
Robinson blow for Waratahs
Australia prop Benn Robinson will play no further part in the Waratahs' Super 14 campaign
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- The Waratahs' joy at moving into the Super 14 play-off places this weekend has been tempered by the news that star prop Benn Robinson has been ruled out of action for the rest of their campaign.
The Australia international aggravated a fracture in his forearm during the first half of Saturday's 46-19 rout of the Chiefs in Hamilton, a result which lifted the Tahs to third in the standings. Waratahs coach Chris Hickey revealed immediately afterwards that Robinson is now likely to require surgery, meaning not only will he miss the conclusion of the Super 14, he could even miss the Wallabies' June internationals against Fiji, England and Ireland.
"We were always going to take him off at halftime,'' Hickey said. "Our doctor thought it best to check him and an x-ray showed the fracture had opened up again. He will have a scan on Monday and will most likely require a plate to ensure that it gets the best long-term healing. That would rule him out for the remainder of the Super 14.''
- London Wasps director of rugby Tony Hanks has revealed that Danny Cipriani suffered a suspected fractured thumb in Saturday's Guinness Premiership victory over Newcastle at Kingston Park.
In his final game for Wasps ahead of his move to the Melbourne Rebels, Cipriani was forced off after just 23 minutes, much to his obvious disappointment. However, Hanks insisted afterwards that the former England international enjoyed the team's 25-21 triumph all the same.
"Danny injured his thumb and it's a suspected fracture," the New Zealander said. "It looks sore, but the team getting the win meant more to Dan than scoring a try (in his final game for the club)."
- Ulster have revealed that Rory Best's ankle injury is not as bad as first feared but it is not yet known if he will be available for Ireland's upcoming southern hemisphere tour.
The 27-year-old hooker was stretchered off in the early stages of the second half in his province's Magners League win over Connacht at Ravenhill on Friday night but a subsequent scan has indicated that there is no damage to the bone, just ligament and muscle trauma.
Best's injury will now be assessed by Ulster physio Gareth Robinson later in the week to determine just how long Best will be sidelined for.
- Chiefs winger Dwayne Sweeney has been cited for an allegedly dangerous tackle on the Waratahs' Drew Mitchell during Saturday's Super 14 clash between the two sides in Hamilton. Sweeney stands accused of making a 'tip tackle' on the Wallaby winger midway through the first half and will have to explain his actions at a disciplinary hearing in Wellington on Monday.
- The Exeter Chiefs routed the Bedford Blues 37-8 at Sandy Park on Saturday to progress to the RFU Championship final. Mark Foster, Brett Sturgess, Honai Tui, Bryan Rennie and Paul McKenzie all touched down for the Chiefs, who will now take on Bristol over two legs for the right to compete in next year's Guinness Premiership.