John Hardie's season stubbed out

LOGAN SAVORY
Last updated 05:00 14/09/2012
John Hardie
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OUT OF ACTION: A reoccurence of a turf toe injury will see flanker John Hardie miss the rest of the Southland Stags' NPC season.

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The unwanted news Southland rugby followers had been expecting has arrived.

It was confirmed yesterday that flanker John Hardie will miss the rest of the 2012 National Provincial Championship season because of a turf toe injury.

The injury ruled Hardie out of a good chunk of the Highlanders' campaign after he made a promising start in the early rounds and was touted as a potential All Black option.

However, the turf toe injury sidelined him and he eyed the Stags' NPC campaign for a return.

Inside the first five minutes of a pre-season game against Balclutha, Hardie aggravated the injury which sidelined him for the start of the NPC season.

Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph said yesterday it would not affect his team's plans with Hardie expected back in time for the 2013 Super Rugby season.

Hardie underwent surgery yesterday to help fix the problem.

Rugby Southland said yesterday: "It was a complicated injury and multiple opinions were sought to ensure the correct diagnosis and treatment hence the delay in the release of this information."

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- The Southland Times

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