Knights Injury and Suspension Updates

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    Injury update: Pre-season Week 3


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    Fri 23 Nov 2018, 08:31 AM



    New nib Newcastle Knights recruit Hymel Hunt is recovering from a shoulder injury.

    Head of Physical Performance, Balin Cupples said the former South Sydney back is in better shape than initially expected.

    "Hymel had a labral repair in his shoulder, coming from the Bunnies," Cupples told newcastleknights.com.au.

    "He's arrived in a lot better shape, both physically and with the injury than we expected.

    "We've been able to move him along ... he'll re-join the main team from next week.

    "It's probably a week ahead for Hymel."

    Tautau Moga missed the bulk of the 2018 season with an ACL injury but is making great progress in his return to the field.

    "Tau continues to put the hard work in," Cupples said.

    "For the last week or so, he's been in the main group with conditioning.

    "From next week we're building into some of that non-contact skills which will be a big milestone for him."

    Daniel Saifiti finds himself in a similar boat to Moga.

    Cupples said the forward is moving well after overcoming a foot injury.

    "He's been steadily building up his running loads," he said.

    "In two weeks' time he'll go into that non-contact skill element."

    Injured players and expected return dates:

    Kalyn Ponga (Ankle - Round 1)

    Connor Watson (Groin - Round 1)

    Daniel Saifiti (Foot - Round 1)

    Jacob Saifiti (Shoulder – Round 1)

    Danny Levi (Back - Round 1)

    Hymel Hunt (Shoulder - Round 1)

    Tautau Moga (ACL - Early Rounds)

    Slade Griffin (ACL - Indefinite)


    https://www.newcastleknights.com.au/news/2018/11/23/injury-update-pre-season-week-3/
     
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    Injury update: Giant strides made by Watson and Ponga


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    Fri 30 Nov 2018, 09:27 AM



    Kalyn Ponga and Connor Watson are back on the training paddock.

    Watson had surgery on his groin, while Ponga fixed his ankle to finish the 2018 season.

    With the team back training for the past four weeks, the livewire duo is nearing full health.

    Head of Physical Performance, Balin Cupples said Ponga and Watson will increase their workload next week with a view to have them involved in everything before the Christmas break.

    "They've had a pretty exciting week this week," Cupples toldnewcastleknights.com.au.

    "They've been in the majority of sessions. Doing opposed skill, working with Rory (Kostjasyn) and Woolfy (Kristian Woolf) on contact progressions.

    "From Monday, based on how well they've gone this week, they'll be pretty much full (training) with the rest of the squad."

    Injured players and expected return dates:

    Kalyn Ponga (Ankle - Round 1)

    Connor Watson (Groin - Round 1)

    Daniel Saifiti (Foot - Round 1)

    Jacob Saifiti (Shoulder – Round 1)

    Hymel Hunt (Shoulder - Round 1)

    Tautau Moga (ACL - Early Rounds)

    Slade Griffin (ACL - Indefinite)


    https://www.newcastleknights.com.au...pdate-giant-strides-made-by-watson-and-ponga/
     
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    Injury update: Latest on Griffin ACL recovery


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    Fri 7 Dec 2018, 09:37 AM



    Slade Griffin is determined to get back on the field.

    The nib Newcastle Knight is leaving no stone unturned in his rehabilitation from an ACL injury.

    The hooker flew to Melbourne last week for a 15-minute consultation on his injured knee.

    The 190-minute round trip journey was well worth it, with the surgeon clearing Griffin to remove his knee brace.

    "Slade got some really good news last week," Physical Performance Manager Balin Cupples told newcastleknights.com.au.

    "Out of the brace... the repair has come up really strong.

    "Now we can really move into developing and strengthening that ACL repair.

    "In line with that, now he's going to go into a real heavy strength phase."

    According to Cupples, Griffin is now ready to start strengthening the leg muscles.

    "It's just good to see him without the brace and walking around. He's obviously been training doing plenty of off feet and upper body work," Cupples said.

    "With the coaching and all the other stuff he's been doing with the group, he's been really valuable. Everyone around the squad and coaching staff are really excited for Slade to get the news and now we can start building him physically around that leg."

    Injured players and expected return dates:

    Kalyn Ponga (Ankle - Round 1)

    Connor Watson (Groin - Round 1)

    Daniel Saifiti (Foot - Round 1)

    Hymel Hunt (Shoulder - Round 1)

    Tautau Moga (ACL - Early Rounds)

    Jacob Saifiti (Leg - Indefinite)

    Slade Griffin (ACL - Indefinite)


    https://www.newcastleknights.com.au/news/2018/12/07/injury-update-latest-on-griffin-acl-recovery/
     
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    Injury update: Moga’s secret ACL test


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    Fri 14 Dec 2018, 10:02 AM



    Tautau Moga is a step closer to making his NRL return after passing a private training test on his knee.

    The centre tore his ACL earlier in the season but is improving at a rapid rate.

    Back training with the fulltime squad, Head of Physical Performance, Balin Cupples revealed Moga is entering the final phase of his rehabilitation.

    "Tau's been integrated with certain parts of the sessions over the past couple of weeks," Cupples told newcastleknights.com.au.

    "To go a little higher level with him, we took him off sight for some external assessments last Wednesday, to look at some kinetic and some variables, some jump land and decel (deceleration) mechanics to try and create that high level return for him and give us as much objective information we can get.

    "We got some high-quality information back and things to work on over the next couple of months as he enters that final stage of his rehab.

    "It's' exciting for Tau, he's getting in and amongst the group. There still a little bit of work to be done but as with Tau, across the whole of his rehab, he's been ticking plenty of boxes and working really hard."

    Meanwhile, Hymel Hunt is recovering from a shoulder injury.

    The former South Sydney back arrived at the Club having had a labral repair.

    "Similar to Tau, he's been in and around the group over the last couple of weeks, building through his contact progression, doing a lot of ground work with Woody and the rehab staff," Cupples said.

    "Hitting those final stages of strength within the gym, both push-pull with his shoulder.

    "(He) finally got into some positional specific training in the last week or so. Really strongly for him, he's coming through that and by the start of January he'll be back to full training.

    "It's exciting for Hymel he needs to keep working over the Christmas break and get back in and put some pressure on those OB's (outside backs) come January."

    Injured players and expected return dates:

    Hymel Hunt (Shoulder - Round 1)
    Tautau Moga (ACL - Early Rounds)
    Jacob Saifiti (Leg - Indefinite)
    Slade Griffin (ACL - Indefinite)


    https://www.newcastleknights.com.au/news/2018/12/14/injury-update-mogas-secret-acl-test/
     
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    Injury update: Jacob Saifiti


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    Fri 21 Dec 2018, 10:49 AM



    Jacob Saifiti has started his recovery from a leg injury suffered earlier this month.

    Head of Physical Performance, Balin Cupples, revealed the forward returned to training this week but has a long road to walk before returning to the field.

    "Jakey (Jacob Saifiti) through unfortunate circumstances, he's fractured his fibula," Cupples said.

    "So, a fairly significant injury and at the moment he's in a six-week phase of none-weight bearing.

    "In saying that, he's been around the boys the last sort of week. He's started his upper body conditioning and we'll definitely keep track of his body composition and make sure he's working hard, even over this Christmas break, to maintain the treatment and that's the same with all these rehab guys.

    "... he's got some work to do moving forward, he's going to have the same support and planning around him to get him back as soon as we can."

    In a positive for the Club, the injury list is dwindling.

    The Knights are also in the fortunate position to promote some of their youngsters to the fulltime training squad.

    Bradman Best and Starford To'a join the fulltime squad for the month of January.

    The duo featured for the Australian Schoolboys and were standout performers throughout their tour of England.

    "Bradman's picked up a grade two MCL on the tour," Cupples said.

    "He's in a knee brace for over the Christmas period, then we'll get him moving as soon as he gets back, its just good to have that level of detail with Bradman coming back into an NRL rehab program will make sure he gets the treatment and the attention he needs and then Starford has come through pretty clean.

    "He'll jump straight back into NRL training, so we're excited to get those two young, strong outside backs around the NRL crew and move forward as a group in January."

    Injured players and expected return dates:

    Hymel Hunt (Shoulder - Round 1)
    Tautau Moga (ACL - Early Rounds)
    Jacob Saifiti (Leg - Indefinite)
    Slade Griffin (ACL - Indefinite)


    https://www.newcastleknights.com.au/news/2018/12/21/injury-update-jacob-saifiti/
     
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    Injury update: Griffin progress and Saifiti news


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    Fri 11 Jan 2019, 09:20 AM



    The nib Newcastle Knights been back training for a week following a two week break over the Christmas period.

    Fortunately for the Club, every player reached their targets upon return.

    And it's not just the healthy troops to hit their mark with the injured troops also progressing.

    Jacob Saifiti is sidelined with syndesmosis and a fibula break but according to Head of Physical Performance, Balin Cupples, the prop is recovering well.

    "Jakey went to see a specialist earlier this week," Cupples explained.

    "He got really good news so he's out of the brace, building the weight bearing through his leg. Going through his strength phase and will go through the return to run protocol over the next few weeks.

    "So good news for Jakey."

    Slade Griffin is another on the comeback trail.

    Sidelined with an ACL injury, he's out of his brace and started running.

    "Another milestone for him, he's into Alter-G running," Cupples said of the No.9.

    "He's also been doing some sled walking.

    "Slade's moving forward and building his strength.

    "We'll progress lower body work as he gets through this Alter-G phase."

    Finally, talented youngster Bradman Best has joined the first-grade squad for the final block of pre-season training following the Australian Schoolboys tour in England last year.

    "Bradman suffered a grade two MCL over with the Australian Schoolboys tour," he explained.

    "He was in a brace over that Christmas period.

    "He's started that straight line running... he'll build that and we'll progress him into change of direction as those strength numbers build."

    Injured players and expected return dates:

    Tautau Moga (ACL - Early Rounds)

    Jacob Saifiti (Leg - Indefinite)

    Slade Griffin (ACL - Indefinite)


    https://www.newcastleknights.com.au/news/2019/01/11/injury-update-griffin-progress-and-saifiti-news/
     
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    Injury update: Youngsters on the mend


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    Fri 18 Jan 2019, 08:55 AM



    With the big names running riot on the training paddock, the nib Newcastle Knights performance staff have zeroed in on the emerging talents at the Club.

    Head of Physical Performance, Balin Cupples, identified Brayden Musgrove and Sale Finau in this week's injury update.

    Musgrove, a centre, is in his second NRL pre-season with the Knights and close to joining his teammates on a regular basis.

    "Brayden did his ACL last year and he has come through a really comprehensive return to play program," Cupples said.

    "We're looking at integrating him into parts of footy sessions with coaches.

    "We started that this week.

    "We should see Brayden into full training in hopefully two and a half, to three weeks' time."

    Sale Finau arrived at the Club in the pre-season having dealt with shoulder problems.

    Unfortunately for the outside back, he required surgery after a few weeks of training.

    "He went in for a shoulder reconstruction," Cupples said.

    "He's built through his strength phase and done plenty of off-feet conditioning.

    "He's just starting back in that field running... still a fair way to go along the process for him."

    While Slade Griffin, Tautau Moga and Jacob Saifiti continue in their recovery, the bulk of the roster are training without issue.

    "It's getting smaller and smaller, the group," Cupples said.

    "There's a few young guys we're now rolling back into that first grade."

    Injured players and expected return dates:

    Tautau Moga (ACL - Early Rounds)
    Jacob Saifiti (Leg - Indefinite)
    Slade Griffin (ACL - Indefinite)
    Bradman Best (MCL - Round 1)
    Sale Finau (Shoulder - Indefinite)
    Brayden Musgrove (ACL – Early Rounds)


    https://www.newcastleknights.com.au/news/2019/01/18/injury-update-youngsters-on-the-mend/
     
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    Injury update: Slade leg infection, Tautau boost


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    Fri 25 Jan 2019, 02:35 PM



    Tautau Moga took another step in the right direction as he recovers from an ACL injury.

    The centre spent Thursday in Sydney for an update on his troublesome knee and was met with positive news.

    "The surgeon was very happy with how the knee was at," Head of Physical Performance, Balin Cupples said.

    "He has still got some final functional assessments to do both with us and some outside expertise next week.

    "From there, hopefully we get some positive information from there and then he is a bit more integrated over the next few weeks heading into trials and Round 1."

    Cupples said Moga has been increasing his workload and training involvement and that will continue in the coming weeks.

    "He's starting to jump into a little bit more positional stuff now and from next week, touch wood, with really positive results which we are expecting he will build into the reactive and the full edge on edge and opposed team sessions," Cupples said.

    Meanwhile, Slade Griffin experienced a little hiccup last week when traveling to Melbourne.

    The hooker is recovering from an ACL injury and spent five days in hospital with a leg infection.

    While it was a tiny setback, the trip to visit the surgeon was worth it.

    Griffin's recovery is progressing nicely.

    "Slade was going down to Melbourne to see his surgeon, just a routine check-up and in that, when he got down there wasn't feeling well," Cupples explained.

    "He attained a cellulitis infection, which is not uncommon but it sort of knocked him around for a week or so.

    "In terms of the surgeon, he was pretty happy with where his knee was at.

    "A little bit of a hiccup but Slade was straight back into it this week after a few days."

    Injured players and expected return dates:

    Tautau Moga (ACL - Early Rounds)

    Jacob Saifiti (Leg - Indefinite)

    Slade Griffin (ACL - Indefinite)

    Bradman Best (MCL - Round 1)

    Sale Finau (Shoulder - Indefinite)

    Brayden Musgrove (ACL – Early Rounds)


    https://www.newcastleknights.com.au/news/2019/01/25/injury-update-slade-leg-infection-tautau-boost/
     
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    Injured Knights forward Jacob Saifiti is out of a brace after suffering a fractured fibula in an off-field incident in December.

    The setback is expected to keep the 22-year-old out of action for the start of the 2019 season.

    "He got really good news so he's out of the brace, building the weight bearing through his leg. Going through his strength phase and will go through the return to run protocol over the next few weeks," Head of Physical Performance, Balin Cupples, told newcastleknights.com.au.

    Knights centre Tautau Moga is on track for a return in the early rounds of the 2019 season after passing a training test on his knee before Christmas.

    The club says he's improving at a "rapid rate" after tearing his ACL early in the 2018 season, and he's now back training with the full-time squad.

    Injured Knights hooker Slade Griffin has started running in another step towards playing again.

    "Now we can really move into developing and strengthening that ACL repair," Knights physical performance manager Balin Cupples told newcastleknights.com.au.

    "In line with that, now he's going to go into a real heavy strength phase."

    Kalyn Ponga, Connor Watson, Nathan Ross and Daniel Saifiti are all back into training with the main squad following surgeries.

    Hymel Hunt (shoulder) is expected to resume full training with his new teammates in January after minor surgery.


    https://www.nrl.com/news/2019/01/23/casualty-ward--late-mail-all-the-latest-nrl-injury-news/
     
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    Moga return date revealed


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    Mon 4 Feb 2019, 05:38 PM



    Nathan Brown has Tautau Moga earmarked for a Round 1 return from injury.

    The nib Newcastle Knights centre has been sidelined with an ACL injury suffered in the early rounds of the 2018 season.

    With Moga almost back to full training, Brown has revealed he expects the 25-year-old to play the opening round of the season in the ISP NSW competition.

    “Tau got some really good news the other day,” Brown said.

    “He’s going to start doing a little bit more stuff with the team. (We’re) not expecting Tau to play until Round 1.

    “That day, he’ll probably look to play half an hour in reserve grade.”

    The Club is sitting nicely when it comes to the injury list.

    Slade Griffin is still a long-term prospect as he recovers from an ACL injury but Jacob Saifiti is on the comeback trail from an ankle injury.

    The prop started running last week after having surgery on his lower leg and according to Brown, like Moga, will push to get back for the opening round.

    “Jakey is tracking along really well,” he said.

    “He’s a fair way ahead of where we thought he would be.

    “Hopefully he gets himself back in fulltime (training) soon. I don’t think he’ll be right for trials. He’s a bit like Tau, he’s going to be right for possibly Round 1.”


    https://www.newcastleknights.com.au/news/2019/02/04/moga-return-date-revealed/
     
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    Injury update: Exciting backs building after knee issues


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    Fri 8 Feb 2019, 08:01 AM



    The injury list is about to get smaller with several outside back receiving positive news.

    Tautau Moga is arguably the highest profile nib Newcastle Knight currently sidelined with injury but will be pushing hard for a first round return.

    Head of Physical Performance, Balin Cupples said the centre is poised to enter a heavy training phase where he’ll re-join his teammate in some physical contact in the coming weeks.

    “Tau had his planned follow-up with some external assessors,” Cupples said.

    “He got some really positive news.

    “He can build into now, a heavy training phase.

    “He’s got that final stage of return to competition yet to nail … those early rounds are our target.”

    Moga is recovering from an ACL injury, as is young outside back Brayden Musgrove.

    Like Moga, Musgrove can see the finishing line in sight as he approaches his comeback.

    “Brayden and Tau have been working really strongly together, pretty much along their whole return phase,” Cupples said.

    “Brayden had his first assessment and got really strong feedback.

    “Brayden is (aiming) for more (around) round four or five.”

    Teenage back Bradman Best injured his knee while on tour with the Australian Schoolboys which has hampered his pre-season training experience with the NRL squad.

    “He’s pretty much recovered from his MCL,” Cupples said.

    “Like Tau, we’re finding where we can fit him into team training.

    “We’ve got a bit of training base to achieve with him because he missed that pre-season phase.

    “With how valuable he is to us long-term, we’re really going to put some focus in making sure athletically and physically, he’s ready to go when we do roll him out.”

    Injured players and expected return dates:

    Tautau Moga (ACL - Early Rounds)

    Jacob Saifiti (Leg - Indefinite)

    Slade Griffin (ACL - Indefinite)

    Bradman Best (MCL - Round 1)

    Brayden Musgrove (ACL – Early Rounds)


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    Injury update: 'Working up now to 90 percent'


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    Fri 15 Feb 2019, 07:01 AM



    Slade Griffin’s recovery from an ACL injury is tracking well.

    The hooker is increasing his loads on the Alter-G with Head of Physical Performance, Balin Cupples, impressed with how the injured nib Newcastle Knight is progressing.

    “Slade continues to progress,” Cupples said.

    “He keeps making small steps forward in line with his planning.

    “On the running side, he continues to build through his Alter-G progressions, working up now to 90 percent. We’ve taken a bit of volume and upped his speed.

    “In line with that, we’ve been doing some running drilling, force absorption type activities.

    “Once he does nail those final stages, he’ll get back on the field.

    “With his gym stuff, he’ll add a dynamic, functional side to his training.”

    Meanwhile, Jacob Saifti is ramping up his running work.

    The prop is recovering from an ankle injury and likely to join his teammates for skills before the opening round of the season.

    “He’s added some swerves this week and progressing though that nicely,” Cupples said.

    “He’s taken ownership of his individual routines and what he needs to do to maintain that range in his ankle.

    “More controlled change of direction next week and in the weeks to come after that he’ll integrate into some skills and team stuff.

    “We are just adding layers into his running at the moment.”

    Injured players and expected return dates:

    Tautau Moga (ACL - Early Rounds)

    Jacob Saifiti (Leg - Indefinite)

    Slade Griffin (ACL - Indefinite)

    Bradman Best (MCL - Round 1)

    Brayden Musgrove (ACL – Early Rounds)


    https://www.newcastleknights.com.au/news/2019/02/15/injury-update-working-up-now-to-90-percent/
     

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