Injury forces Koonwaiyou out



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A stress fracture has forced Crusaders winger Tony Koonwaiyou out of the Rebel Sport Super 14.

The 22-year-old Aucklander has a stress fracture to the front (anterior cortex) of his right shin and will be replaced by Canterbury’s Stephen Brett, who is currently a member of the Crusaders wider training group.

Crusaders doctor Tony Page said it was hard to predict how long an injury of this nature would take to heal but this type of stress fracture usually took a few months to heal fully.

‘The injury became apparent earlier this month and Tony has been in a splint for the past two weeks. As you can imagine it’s an incredibly frustrating injury for someone who makes their living from their speed.’

Crusaders coach Robbie Deans said the injury was obviously disappointing for Tony, who chose to join the Crusaders in the draft this year after two years drafted to the red ‘n blacks.

‘He’s indicated to us that he’s keen to stick around and utilise the support of our medical staff and that’s great as far as we are concerned’, said Deans.

‘And for Stephen Brett ‘ well he’s gained an opportunity and he’s earned it.’

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