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Highlanders hit again with injuries

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The Highlanders injury toll continues to rise as another two players have been added to the list after they released players for club action which backfired.


Hooker Jason Macdonald has been ruled out of the rest of the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon and backup halfback Sean Romans suffered a significant hamstring injury while playing club rugby.


The Highlanders had the bye on the weekend and wanted to keep some players up to speed but the plan proved to be costly.


Macdonald has played in all but one game this season, mostly off the bench behind Jason Rutledge, while Romans has made four appearances.


There is however some good news for Highlanders coach Glenn Moore ahead of Saturday’s match against the Hurricanes is that fullback Israel Dagg is recovering well from a groin niggle and may play, according to the Otago Daily Times.


In addition five-eighth Michael Hobbs could also return from a badly bruised thigh but first five-eighth Mathew Berquist (hamstring) and No 8 Nasi Manu (knee) remain in doubt.

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