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Elsom’s Brumbies stint is finished – Rocky Elsom will miss the rest of the Super Rugby season with an ankle injury, ending his two-year stint with the Brumbies as he’s likely to sign with an overseas club next year.
Elsom returned to Australia from Leinster last year and agreed a two-year deal to make him available for the Wallabies heading into the World Cup.
The 28-year-old spent most of the current Super Rugby campaign on the sidelines with a hamstring injury and made his first appearance against the Force last weekend. However, he picked up a serious ankle injury in Perth, which now sees him out of action for four to six weeks.
This is a big blow to the Brumbies’ loose forward stocks ahead of their match against the Stormers as they had to release Colby Faingaa and Michael Hooper because of the duo’s Australian U20 commitments.
New-look backline for Force – The Force have made six changes to their team for the match against the Hurricanes in Palmerston North on Friday.
With the loss of James O’Connor, Willie Ripia, Brett Shehaan and Gene Fairbanks, the Force have shuffled their backline. Cameron Shepherd starts at fullback, which sees Pat Dellit move to outside centre. Rory Sidey starts at inside centre alongside flyhalf James Stannard and SA-born scrumhalf Mark Swanepoel.
Up front loosehead prop Kieran Longbottom replaces the injured Pek Cowan while Matt Dunning is rotated with Tim Fairbrother.
Force – 15 Cameron Shepherd, 14 Nick Cummins, 13 Pat Dellit, 12 Rory Sidey, 11 David Smith, 10 James Stannard, 9 Mark Swanepoel, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 David Pocock, 6 Matt Hodgson, 5 Nathan Sharpe (c), 4 Sam Wykes, 3 Tim Fairbrother, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Kieran Longbottom.
Subs: 16 Ben Whittaker, 17 Matt Dunning, 18 Tom Hockings, 19 Richard Brown, 20 Chris Cottee, 21 Mitch Inman, 22 Alfie Mafi.
Barnes cleared of concussion – Doctors have cleared Berrick Barnes of concussion from last Saturday, instead diagnosing him with a less serious condition called footballer’s migraine.
According to smh.com, Waratahs team doctor Sharron Flahive said that Barnes sustained a minor knock to the back of the head while playing against the Lions and suffered a delayed reaction of dizziness. Barnes also had such a heavy loss of memory that he could not remember what year it was, which week of the season he was in, or if he had played for the Waratahs last year.
After being examined by his neurologist Professor John Watson, Barnes was diagnosed with an overlapping of two different conditions: footballer’s migraine, and transient global amnesia. Dr Flahive said Barnes would have no long-term consequences from the latest injury.
Barnes is expected to start against the Sharks in Durban.