Pro Rugby Update - October 2016

October 10 2016

Jeff Hassler - Ospreys 2016

Olmstead Named Newcastle Player of the Month for September: Hassler and Ardron Both Out for November Tests

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Olmstead at Newcastle

Congratulations to Evan Olmstead who was named Player of the Month by the Newcastle Falcons of the English Premiership. He's Canada's on-form forward with the November tests looming on the horizon.

Hassler and Ardron at Ospreys

Bad news for the Ospreys and Canada as both Jeff Hassler and Tyler Ardron are sidelined due to injuries that will rule them out of the November tests.

Hassler suffered an Achilles tendon injury that is being reported by Wales Online as potentially season ending. Ardron, they report, is out for 8 weeks after surgery on a dislocated thumb.

Both players were out for the summer tests as well and last represented Canada at the World Cup in 2015.

from Wales Online

The Ospreys' worst fears have been realised with the news that Jeff Hassler's season could be over.

The hard-running winger suffered an Achilles tendon injury during the Ospreys' 46-24 demolition of the Cardiff Blues on Friday night.

Hassler stayed down after taking the ball into contact in the 38th minute of the match and was in visible pain, thumping the ground in frustration.

It's a cruel blow, with the abrasive winger having only played 17 times for the region since injuring his knee on Test duty for Canada in November 2014.

“It’s really disappointing for the boy," said Ospreys boss Steve Tandy after the match.

“He had an indifferent season last year because of injuries, and for him to be struck down again is going to hurt us as he is such a physical specimen.

“He’s diligent and a great team man."

The Canadian doesn't require surgery to fix the injury but is still facing a spell of six to nine months on the sideline.

If rehab goes to plan, the crowd favourite could be fit again to face the Cardiff Blues on Judgement Day in April but the worst case scenario would see him miss the entire season.

Meanwhile, back-rower Tyler Ardron has required minor surgery after dislocating his thumb in the defeat to Ulster and will be out for up to eight weeks.

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