Heaps fit for clash with Waratahs
March 18, 2000
Auckland Blues coach Gordon Hunter has confirmed that the Southland hooker will play in the Blues' next match.Heaps has missed the last two matches, both defeats for the Blues, and his extra experience will give the Blues a lift at Eden park next Friday.
Finau Maka, who strained a hamstring against the Crusaders, is also likely to be fit for the Waratahs.He has been in competition with Justin Collins for the open side flanker's spot.Both Steve Devine and David Morgan are expected to be involved in club matches this weekend in preparation for their return to Super 12.Dylan Mika's rehabilitation programme has been going well but no date has been set for him to return to top level action.Full back Adrian Cashmore is also making good progress after his operation and should be back in full training again within two weeks.Finally, All Black first five Carlos Spencer, injured at the World Cup, is aiming to play a club game in the next 3-4 weeks, but no date has been set for his return to Super 12.It seems increasingly likely that he will miss the entire series.
"To be part of the Commonwealth Games, I'd wear anything. I'd wear a clown suit." Tom Hamilton talks to Scotland's Sean Lamont
Scrum Sevens looks back at how rugby has fared in both the early Olympics and the past four Commonwealth Games
"Cheika's been phenomenal. He gives you an incredible level of mental strength." Tom Hamilton talks to Waratahs star Jacques Potgieter
While the Super Rugby season enters the all-important knockout phase, elsewhere pre-season training never looked so enjoyable. We round-up the best snaps in our Week in Pictures