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Latham injury blow for Warriors
Scrum.com
March 22, 2009
Worcester's Chris Latham leaves the field with a dislocated shoulder, Worcester v Gloucester, Guinness Premiership, Sixways Stadium, Worcester, England, March 22, 2009
Worcester's Chris Latham will miss the rest of the season due to a shoulder injury suffered in the Premiership victory over Gloucester © Getty Images
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  • Worcester's former Australia fullback Chris Latham will miss the rest of the season after he suffered a fractured shoulder blade in the 14-10 win over Gloucester at Sixways.

    Latham suffered the injury making a try-saving tackle on Luke Narraway and medical reports confirmed that he had suffered more than the initial dislocation. Ruddock explained: "It's not good news, the medical report tells me that Chris has a dislocation and a fracture around the shoulder. His season effectively is over. He will be back next season there is no doubt about that and wish him a speedy recovery."

  • Italian Rugby Federation boss Giancarlo Dondi has apologised for his side's latest Six Nations defeat to France that brought the curtain down on another Wooden Spoon campaign but he has backed coach Nick Mallett to continue in his role.

    "France are a great team," said Dondi following his country's 50-8 mauling at the hands of Les Bleus. "With this defeat we contributed to making them an even greater team. I apologise to our fans. But Mallett is not under discussion."

    Italy conceded a total of 170 points and 21 tries in losing to England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and France. Moreover, two tries - from Mirco Bergamasco and Sergio Parisse - were all the Azzurri could muster.

  • Georgia maintained their unbeaten run in the European Nations Cup, also known as the Six Nations B competition, with a 29-21 victory over Russia in the Ukraine on Sunday The victory ended the Bears' own four-game winning streak.

    Georgia lead Portugal by two points in the table after the Os Lobos edged out Romania 22-21 in Bucarest on Saturday. The top two teams at the end of the two-season competition will qualify automatically for Rugby World Cup 2011.

  • Highlanders chairman Stu McLauchlan says the franchise is likely to need a financial bailout from the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU).

    Sponsors and franchise partners had plugged the gaps at the Highlanders in the past but "I'm not sure if that's feasible this time," McLaughlan told the Sunday Star-Times, adding he could not discount the NZRU having to help. The Otago Rugby Union manages the Highlanders for a fee on behalf of the NZRU, which owns the franchise, meaning any liabilities fall at the national body's feet.

    In related news, unwanted New Zealand Warriors league player Michael Witt could play rugby for Otago. Otago Rugby Union chief executive Richard Reid confirmed that NZRU contracts manager Chris Tindall had contacted him about Witt, one of the stars of the Warriors' run into last year's NRL playoffs, moving south.

  • Waratahs prop Al Baxter has been ruled out of action for up to four weeks after suffering a calf strain in his side's Super 14 loss to the Crusaders.

    The injury is a recurrence of that which ruled the international prop out of the week five clash with the Brumbies. However there was some good news for the Sydney-based side with Sekope Kepu set to return to action next week. The prop completed 40 minutes for Randwick in his first game since tearing his pectoral muscle playing for Australia against the Barbarians in Decemeber.

  • Wallabies captain Stirling Mortlock has been cleared of a serious leg injury after a nasty collision during the Brumbies' 25-17 Super 14 loss to the Lions in Johannesburg.

    Mortlock hobbled off Ellis Park in the second half of the clash but early indications are he suffered only a dead-leg and could be available for the clash with the Sharks this weekend.

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