Rogers back for Bledisloe

The injury that saw Mat Rogers helped from the field against Ireland on Saturday is not as serious as initially feared.

“Rogers is not as bad as first thought,” Wallaby coach John Connolly told The Australian. We’ll maybe run him later in the week.”

Rogers needed assistance to the sidelines after sustaining a particularly bad knock to his leg. He is expected to be ready for the Bledisloe Cup clash against the All Blacks in Christchurch next week.

“Until he went off last week, he was in outstanding form so that’s good for Australia,” Connolly said.

Connolly’s comments indicate that the return of Matt Giteau to Test rugby may be stagnated. Back from the knee-injury that ruled him out of the Autumn Tests, Giteau is set to play club rugby this weekend.

Connolly has also joined his South Africa and New Zealand counterparts Jake White and Graham Henry in seeking a break for his leading players this season.

“For Australia to perform well at the World Cup there are a number of players who are crucial and need to be managed well. Stephen Larkham is one of them.”

Discussion are underway as to when the break should be. One option is for the players to be rested from the end of the Tri-Nations until the Super 14. Another is an extended break after the European tour which would see the players returning halfway through the Sanzar competition.