Aussie latest – Barnes fit to tour SA

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Barnes fit to tour SA – Despite suffering a third concussion, Berrick Barnes will join the Waratahs on their tour to South Africa this week.

The pivot has spent more than a month on the sidelines because of repetitive head injuries, but feels the last concussion wasn’t as serious as the first two.

‘I came good last night really, more so than anything, I know that’s a positive thing,’ Barnes said. ‘I’m not as dizzy or crook as I have been in past times, that’s great. The doctor who looked after me last night was the guy I’d been to see for the past few months with it all and he’s pretty confident, which is helpful.’

The Waratahs will face the Sharks and Bulls on the road. Barnes isn’t expected to be fit for the game in Durban, but will be examined for the match against the defending champions. A call will be made at a later stage.

Elsom concern for Brumbies – Wallabies skipper Rocky Elsom injured his ankle in Saturday’s draw with the Force and could miss the next game against the Stormers.

Elsom will undergo scans on Monday to determine the seriousness of the injury. Coach Tony Read suggested that scans may reveal the worst and that Elsom’s season may be over.

Saturday marked Elsom’s return to Super Rugby after he missed the earlier rounds with a hamstring injury.