Western Fourth Rock’s Jeremy Thrash is happily retired after the former All Blacks star cut short his return to Super Rugby Pacific due to a heel injury.
Slash retired at the end of last season, but made a shock return to the field in Round 1 after answering an SOS call from Force coach Simon Kron.
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The 38-year-old’s comeback is etched into Force lore as Slash scored the winning try in a 34-27 victory over the Melbourne Rebels.
This was his influence, and Slash was elevated to the role of substitute captain against Moana in the third round.
However, it was his last appearance, and a heel injury cost him any chance of adding more matches to his tally.
‘I’d love to pull back Slash, but he might have used up all the resources he had in his body,’ Kron said ahead of his clash with the Highlanders in Perth on Saturday night. .
“After those games his heel was so bad he needed a cortisone injection.
“He was like, ‘Chrono, I think I’ve done my part.’ It was
“I want him to play, but unfortunately his body probably had it.
The Force welcome captain Michael Wells (Achilles), flyhalf Bryce Hegerty (back) and winger Toni Pul (knee) this week, but hooker Folau Feingaer has sidelined him for weeks with an Achilles tendon. is still battling the injury of
“It’s difficult because it’s an ongoing Achilles heel,” Kron said.
“I know he ran well (Wednesday), so he has a light at the end of the tunnel.”
Scrum-half Gareth Simpson is expected to miss another two weeks with a sore quadriceps muscle, and Wallabies rocker Isaac Rodda is yet to return from a leg injury sustained the night before the season. yeah.
Flyhalf Jake Strachan will miss at least four weeks with a concussion.
The Force sits in 11th place with a 2-5 record at the halfway point of the season. Kron said the Force learned valuable lessons from their 43-35 loss to the Highlanders in New Zealand on March 19 and hopes to turn the tide in Saturday’s rematch.
“The gain line was our message in that game,” Kron said.
“Last time I had only three dominant tackles against the Highlanders and the following week I had 19 or 20 tackles against the Blues.
“So all we did was take Speed off the line and put pressure on them and let them make contact. Against the Highlanders, we were sitting on our heels.”