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Blues fan favourite Tom Robinson in doubt for season as All Black set for injury return

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Blues loose forward Tom Robinson has undergone knee surgery and is in doubt for the remainder of the Super Rugby Aotearoa competition.

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Robinson suffered a meniscus tear in the Blues’ opening 30-20 victory over the Hurricanes at Eden Park last week and after scans revealed the extent of the damage he had cartilage removed from his knee on Monday.

With eight weeks left in the New Zealand only competition, the Blues are hopeful Robinson will return in the final rounds but his workaholic presence – either from lock or blindside flanker – will be missed.

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While the Blues have ample loose forward depth to cover Robinson’s absence his work-rate and lineout ability has often been the glue in their forward pack.

“He’s such a great kid in our environment. He’s our energy bloke – if there’s a yahoo to be had it’ll come from Tom so we all feel for him being cut down in his stride,” Blues forwards coach Tom Coventry said.

“He’s hobbling around today so he’s pretty keen to get himself back onto the bike and then onto his feet in the next three to four weeks.

“I don’t think it’s going to be a long injury but it might take him out of a significant amount of this short programme we have now.

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“The diagnosis was six to eight weeks but we’re hoping it’s five to six weeks with a couple of byes in there. I’d like to see him back. I know he’s going to pushing for it.

“He’s had a great 14 months since he arrived at the Blues so we hope he can get himself back on the field in the same sort of form before he hurt his knee. He certainly gets through a power of work.”

The news is more positive for powerhouse prop Karl Tu’inukuafe who will make his return from a hamstring injury for club side Takapuna this weekend with a view to being available after next week’s bye.

Tu’inukuafe, considered one of New Zealand’s strongest scrummages, was in strong form before the injury setback as he pushes for a return to the All Blacks after missing selection for last year’s World Cup.

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The Blues have, meanwhile, sold 19,000 tickets for Saturday’s match against the Highlanders at Eden Park.

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Mzilikazi 4 hours ago
Daugunu salvo shows why Wallabies work-rate is everything to Schmidt

Nice article, Brett, and good to be writing about a second win. I think Georgia will be far more testing. Tbh, I have not looked at their touring squad, but at full strength they are a far better and more dangerous team than they were at RWC France. They would have been disappointed they did not perform to full potential there. I think that the WB’s under Joe Schmidt have started soundly. Recovery from a serious setback always takes time. And the Jones era was that and more. I think the arrival of Les Kiss back to his native Qld. is a very positive factor, and the fact that he and Schmidt know each other well is a help. Players I think are much improved this year: Daugunu, who has blossomed with the Rebels, so credit to the coaching unit down there. Am pleased he will come back to the Reds. McReight is said to have put on up to 7 kgs since last season. His work rate has always been good, but it is his carrying into contact that has gone up. Now makes those critical one or two metres post contact very often. Is conceding fewer penalties now as his game matures. Rob Valetini was good last year, but is now a greater force this one. A really punishing ball carrier. Hunter Paisami is now a more controlled player. His carrying into contact is very impressive for an 80 kg man. Interestingly, if you saw Nick Bishops latest article, he has a team for RC with Kerevi at 12. Also Skelton in the team. Not sure if there will be o’seas players as early as RC though….but need them in by the EYOT games.

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