Bath lose second-row duo
April 20, 2011
Stuart Hooper has been ruled out for the season © PA Photos
Bath have lost second-row duo Peter Short and Stuart Hooper for the remainder of the season with injuries.
Both players were forced from the field in last weekend's 19-15 Aviva Premiership victory over Harlequins, Short with a torn hamstring and Hooper with a broken arm.
"It's unfortunate because they were both playing very well and I'm sure they would have liked to have seen the season out," Bath head coach Steve Meehan told BBC Radio Somerset.
In positive news for the west country side, Meehan confirmed that the influential back-row trio of Lewis Moody, Luke Watson and Simon Taylor are closing in on returns.
"They're all very close. If we don't see them all this weekend, I'm sure we will see at least one of them, and we'll see the others in the next couple of weeks," he said.
"It's a little bit thin in regards of numbers to pick from, but at the same time Ben Skirving, Josh Ovens and Guy Mercer are doing very, very well and we're really happy about their form."
Meanwhile, Newcastle have announced the signing of prop Dan Frazier from Championship side Doncaster Knights. The 22-year-old, who previously played in the Premiership for Harlequins, joins Jordi Pasqualin, Jamie Helleur and Richard Mayhew in agreeing a move to Kingston Park.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
The latest Week in Pictures takes in the Top 14, Super Rugby and the Aviva Premiership with fireworks and monsters both featuring
Firdose Moonda looks at the moves towards greater integration within South African rugby ... and what the future holds
It is 100 years this week since the last international match played in Europe before the outbreak of World War One. Rewind remembers the fixture's longest-living survivor
Martin Gillingham looks ahead to what he believes is the most remarkable ever climax to the league phase of the Top 14