Unfortunately, there are a number of injuries to cover in Old Glory’s ranks. Most notably, Mungo Mason, captain and unstoppable flanker, is out with an injured shoulder. Reports suggest that he will be out for 3-5 weeks, which is roughly half the remaining season. He is a strong leader on the pitch and an excellent playmaker, so losing him will be tough for the team. As always, we wish for the a good and speedy recovery!
The only positive is that flanker is an area of relative depth for Old Glory. While Mungo is on another level, Luke Campbell is more than capable of handling the starting role alongside Callum Gibbins. Behind him, there are several young players who could see some minutes: Cory Daniel, Dacoda Worth, and college draft pick Matthew Gordon.
Another unfortunate potential injury loss is Jason Robertson, who seemed a little sluggish in the Utah match. It’s been confirmed that he has a bruised leg, which is expected to hold him out of the upcoming match against Seattle. Most likely, we will see Dabulas fill his shoes at flyhalf. Ciaran Hearn, meanwhile, is still at least a week away from returning to the pitch, and with Thomas Morani leaving that there is a gap in the centers. Most likely, we will see Renata Roberts Te-Nana or Doug Fraser fill that role with Sam Cusano coming in on the wing.
Finally, Tevita Naqali is questionable with calf injury. Lock is not a deep position for Old Glory, so there aren’t a lot of options to replace him. If Api Naikatini is able to play, then it will likely be him and Stan South in the starting lineup. If not, either Casey Renaud or David Beach (who hasn’t seen any game time so far) will have to start.
Injury Depth Chart
*Yellow = questionable; Orange = likely out for next match; Red = out for two or more matches; Grey = out for season