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Colin Slade

Colin Slade

The All Blacks played down injury concerns over Colin Slade on Tuesday after the flyhalf went down with a knee problem at training.

Slade received medical attention after slipping over in Wellington, an incident which revived memories of New Zealand’s injury woes at the last tournament in 2011.

“He slipped over during training and landed awkwardly on his knee and gave it a bit of a tweak,” assistant coach Ian Foster said.

“He was walking around the shed afterwards. He’s fine.”

Slade was 1 of 3 flyhalves sidelined with injury during the 2011 World Cup, almost derailing New Zealand’s bid to win the tournament on home soil.

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Dave Dennis

Dave Dennis

Waratahs captain Dave Dennis revealed that he went to America to speed up the rehabilitation program, following a knee injury.

Dennis was among the first batch of Waratahs that began pre-season training this week, as they look to defend their Super Rugby crown.

He was among the first group of returning players, which include senior team members Pat McCutcheon, Paddy Ryan and Jeremy Tilse.

They are joined by seven new faces, including former New Zealand Warriors Rugby League player Sam Lousi.

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Beauden Barrett

Beauden Barrett

The All Blacks were given a big scare ahead of their Test against the Wallabies on Saturday.

First-choice flyhalf Beauden Barrett is under a slight injury cloud, following a training ground mishap.

The No 10 limped out of training with his left thigh iced and Colin Slade running the final few minutes of the session.

There is no indication when a call will be made on Barritt’s fitness.

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The Vodacom Bulls openside flanker and prime fetcher, who had to withdraw from the Bulls lineup the day before the Blues clash 2 weeks ago, due to a hamstring injury,  still won’t be risked this weekend against the Reds.

Dr Org Strauss and his medical team have deemed it wiser for Stegmann to rest one more week, to be ready for the Bulls clash at Newlands against the Stormers, rather than cause further damage this week against the Reds.

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