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pre season injuries



sesms like the pre season has been a bit brutal for some teams.

The NPC season has not even kicked off yet but several first division sides suffered injuries to their squad during final warm up matches over the weekend.

Taranaki have two key loose forwards in doubt for their NPC season opener against Waikato on Friday night after their 22-20 loss to Canterbury.

Hurricanes flanker Chris Masoe fractured his eye socket in the match and no.8 Tomasi Soqeta injured his shoulder.

Wellington captain Joe McDonnell is one of several concerns for coach John Plumtree after their 12-19 loss to Auckland.

Prop McDonnell picked up an elbow injury, while centre Ma'a Nonu came off with a rib injury and halfback Nigel Hunt has a hamstring ****le but only McDonnell's injury is considered serious ahead of their opening match against Northland on Saturday.

Bay of Plenty comfortably beat Japanese side Toyota 47-12 but lost centre Alan Bunting with an injured shoulder that looks likely to at least see him miss their season opener against Otago on Sunday.

Waikato went down 29-19 to North Harbour in the weekend after a tough week in camp on the Gold Coast.

Prop Philemon Toleafoa came off with a knee injury in the loss but should be fine for their first match against Taranaki, unlike Jonno Gibbes, who is still resting his foot injury and could be out for another few weeks.

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