Dragons confirm extent of injuries for Sele, Bird

The St George Illawarra Dragons have confirmed the extent of injuries for utility Jack Bird and prop Hame Sele, although neither player have a confirmed return to play timeline as yet.

The Canterbury Bulldogs game on Thursday night ended in a spectacular second-half fadeout for the Dragons, who lost badly despite both players being unable to finish.

Sele suffered a shoulder injury early in the contest. He attempted to play through it for a period of time before being brought from the park.

The first half injury has now been confirmed as a shoulder fracture.

Bird, on the other hand, was feared to have broken his ankle just before halftime in attempting to complete a tackle.

He went over heavily on the ankle and was only able to drag himself over the sideline before being taken from the field via a medicab and with the green whistle.

It was later revealed Dragons’ medical staff were only fearing a severe strain though and that has since been proven the case, with the club confirming his ankle is not broken.

According to NRL Physio, Sele may miss six weeks or longer and Bird, who has had a horrific run of injuries during his career in the NRL, will probably miss four weeks or more due to a serious ligament injury.

Before an approximate return to play date can be determined, the club has verified that both players will need additional evaluation from specialists next week.

Due to Sele’s injury, the front pack will likely be rearranged, with Christian Tuipulotu moving onto the wing and Zac Lomax likely moving into the centres as a result of Bird’s injury.


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