NRL 2021: Casualty ward, injuries, Luke Thompson, Bulldogs, Ben Te’o, Broncos, Dylan Walker, Manly, NZ Warriors, Addin Fonua-Blake surgery, updates, news


The Bulldogs will be sweating on the fitness of star prop Luke Thompson after he went off with what looked like a hamstring injury against the Storm.

Thompson was seen clutching at his hamstring after chasing a runaway Storm try late in the second half of Melbourne’s 52-18 win at Stadium Australia.

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Both Newcastle and Gold Coast were served a blow in the first half of their clash on Saturday.

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The 18th man rule does nothing to reduce risk of life-altering head injuries


In that context, I don’t know what to make of this 18th-man rule in the NRL. Its introduction seems to be an intended solution to a different problem.

Provisions for an 18th man do precisely nothing to reduce or ameliorate the serious risks of life-altering head injuries in a high-impact collision sport.

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A nominated 18th man can now take the field when three of the 17-man squad fail a head injury assessment or when a player suffers a match-ending injury caused by foul play and the perpetrator is sin-binned or sent off. This is not about managing head injuries. Rather, these rules are about managing the spectacle through maintaining the competitive balance and uncertainty in the result of the match, notwithstanding that three players on a team have failed HIAs – or where a player might have been clobbered into the middle of the next decade a la Mark Bugden on Steve Rogers, circa 1985.

The new rule isn’t even original: NSW Rugby League introduced a similar one more than a year ago, without imposing any “three HIAs” threshold before allowing a concussion substitute onto the pitch.

You could count on one hand, and still leave more than one finger dangling, how many times three or more players in a 17-man NRL squad have failed an HIA in the same match over the past decade; when the NRL started taking head injury management seriously. Match-ending injuries, as a result of foul play, are also uncommon.

None of these new regulations contribute towards effectively protecting players from the incidence of concussions, let alone the ravages caused by the repeated ricocheting of brains inside skulls.

That isn’t to say there’s an absence of proper purpose in the “18th man” regulations. Limiting a team’s disadvantage from a high incidence of injuries, or illegal play, is worthwhile. Safeguarding teams’ competitive interests is important; but nobody should pretend these developments have anything to do with player safety.

It’s inevitable that rugby league players – and AFL players, and NFL players and rugby union players – will continue to sustain concussions and their effects. Jake Friend retired this week having suffered 20 documented concussions in his career. He won’t be the last. In that context, it doesn’t make a sliver of sense for a $500 million-a-year behemoth of a sporting code to be lax about concussion protocols to the extent that all responsibility and liability is heaped onto clubs.

The NFL has up to 30 people present at every match, whose sole responsibilities are to spot and manage concussions.

Many of you armchair doctors-without-medical-degrees (and many of you, who are qualified to use the MBBS post-nominals) decry the noble sport of boxing and its continued existence. Yet even at a low-level boxing match in NSW, it’s required by law that a medical doctor must be present ringside for the safety of the combatants (I’m the chairman of the NSW Combat Sports Authority, so I should know).

How can the NRL justify not mandating independent, NRL-appointed doctors to attend every match as the sole arbiter of when a player must leave the field for a head injury assessment? Why is this independent doctor not also the sole decider of whether players can return to the field? And if a player can’t return because of an on-field concussion, why isn’t it the sole decision of that NRL-appointed, independent medical practitioner as to what happens next?

The NRL has this bizarre 11-day stand-down rule for concussed players, which can be truncated depending on the assessment of the player’s club doctor. Why?

Cross-reference the NRL system and its weaknesses with the structures imposed by the New York State Athletic Commission, which controls boxing in that pocket of America. Under the NYSAC’s rules, if a boxer suffers a head trauma (even if they are victorious) the attending physician can impose a ban on the fighter for a fixed period of not less than 30 days, and until he or she produces a neurological clearance in a format approved by the commission.

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Furthermore, the NYSAC’s rules empower the physician as the exclusive deciding mind as to the imposition of further head trauma-consequent suspensions considered necessary.

If those who control the NRL were absolutely fair dinkum about protecting players from the long-term, irreversible damages of repeated brain traumas, then similar safeguards could be imposed right now. A model based on the NFL’s monitoring, and the NYSAC’s empowerment of independent and neutral doctors, would be a good start.

Professional rugby league players voluntarily assume the risks in one of the toughest sports there is. One should never make the argument that players should be anything less than free to choose to assume those risks. But the role of the sport’s administrators then becomes one of implementing the safest systems possible. The NRL’s “18th man” rules aren’t designed for any such purpose.

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There’ll be three debutants for a Friday night blockbuster clash.

Plus Nathan Buckley is set to hand a debut to a Collingwood young gun … and this time he’ll actually play.

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Fox Footy analyst David King believes COLLINGWOOD coach Nathan Buckley will “swing the axe” on a couple of players for their lacklustre defensive efforts in the dying stages of last week’s loss to Brisbane.

Last week on Fox Footy’s First Crack, King highlighted how the Pies effectively “threw away four points” with haphazard defence that allowed Zac Bailey to kick the matchwinner after the siren.

Speaking on SEN this week, King said Will Hoskin-Elliott and Josh Thomas were two who could come under the microscope to set an example for the rest of the group.

“I would make change off the back of that final play, I really would,”he said.

“People say, ‘You’re too harsh, you’re too severe’ but when Hoskin-Elliott and Thomas decide to stay forward of the ball when all you’re trying to do is save the game in that last 40 seconds, nope, not for me.

“Where’s your head? Where’s your head at? If you’re thinking about getting reward for yourself when the team just needs you to fight and fight, guard the corridor and allow Daniel Rich to stroll through the middle of Marvel (Stadium).

“I think Nathan (Buckley) will swing the axe. I think he’ll drop a couple of those guys.”

The Pies appear set to include Beau McCreery in the starting lineup on Staurday, after the Pick No.44 technically debuted last week despite not being activated as the medical sub.

A tweet via the club’s account said the medium-sized forward was “locked in to play on Saturday night” against GWS.

Elsewhere, the club is unlikely to make too many changes, with only one being forced through injury to Nathan Murphy (concussion).

Magpies coach Nathan Buckley said the club was “pretty confident with the team we went in with last week”, with a call on selection to be made on Wednesday afternoon.

However Buckley said forward-ruck Darcy Cameron “keeps putting his hand up” for selection.

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The GWS GIANTS will blood its third debutant of the season so far, with injuries to Stephen Coniglio, Phil Davis and Matt de Boer opening the door for Connor Stone to come into the side.

Stone, taken with Pick 15 in last year’s draft, will don the number 18 jumper, which Jeremy Cameron wore across his superb 171-game stint at the club before moving to Geelong during last year’s trade period.

Speaking earlier this week, ex-skipper Davis lauded the youngster’s appetite for the contest and attitude.

“He’s definitely someone who has an obscene amount of power, that’s probably the strength of his game,” he said of the versatile player.

“He’s very fast, he can take the game on and he’s a really nice kick.”

After being omitted for Sunday’s loss to the Demons, Tanner Bruhn and Zach Sproule are likely to be considered, while recruit Jesse Hogan is available for his first game in orange and charcoal after recovering from a quad injury. However Giants football boss Jason McCartney suggested to SEN Breakfast that Hogan would likely face the Swans in a VFL scratch match on Friday.

Nick Shipley played most of the game against Melbourne after coming on for Davis as the medical sub and will also be in the mix. McCartney also mentioned the likes of Ryan Angwin and Kieren Briggs had great opportunities to put their hands up for debuts over the coming weeks.

In much-needed good news for ST KILDA, their ruck woes will be solved in time to face the Eagles and superstar Nic Naitanui on Saturday.

Rowan Marshall is a confirmed starter after getting through three quarters in a VFL match last weekend and training this week. Marshall has been battling a hotspot in his foot.

His ruck partner Paddy Ryder returned to training on Tuesday, following a month of personal leave, but is a week or two away from full fitness.

Saints captain Jack Steele waved off suggestions of a massive statement at selection, though Jade Gresham will need to be replaced after suffering a season-ending Achilles injury against Essendon.

Jack Bytel, Tom Highmore and Ben Long, who were all dropped for Round 3, could be in the mix. Zak Jones should be available despite a slight ankle strain suffered on Saturday.

Dan Hannebery (calf) and Jarryn Geary (leg) have both suffered setbacks which will keep them on the sidelines.

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WEST COAST will have to find a replacement for skipper Luke Shuey, who’s facing a month on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.

Forward Brendon Ah Chee, who was a late withdrawal against the Power with hamstring awareness, will be in the mix for a return this week, while either Xavier O’Neill and Brayden Ainsworth could replace Shuey after strong WAFL outings.

There’ll be three debutants for Friday night’s Port Adelaide-Richmond blockbuster.

PORT ADELAIDE coach Ken Hinkley on Thursday morning confirmed Next Generation Academy produce Lachie Jones would make his AFL debut.

A strong defender with a ready-made frame and a beautiful kick, Jones was the Power’s first pick in last year’s draft.

Hinkley pre-season described Jones as “a bit of a beast” that was “going to have some opportunities this year to show everyone what he is capable of”.

Jones, at this stage, will be the only inclusion for the Power, with Hinkley confirming ruckman Peter Ladhams would likely miss.

However Hinkley said Ladhams would remain on standby as key forward Todd Marshall is in doubt for the game.

Lachlan Jones of Port Adelaide will debut. Picture: Mark BrakeSource: Getty Images

Marshall didn’t train on Thursday after rolling his ankle in recent days. Hinkley said Marshall would be tested prior to the game.

“We think he’ll be good to go. If he doesn’t come up, Ladhams comes in,” Hinkley said.

If Marshall plays, he and Charlie Dixon will take Ladhams’ back-up ruck minutes

Hinkley said Sam Mayes and Miles Bergman would be in contention to be the medical sub but wouldn’t make that call until right before the game.

RICHMOND has confirmed Bachar Houli will play his first game since the Grand Final after getting through Wednesday’s training session unscathed. Assistant coach Adam Kingsley told SEN SA that Houli is “back and he’s really important for us”.

Houli has endured a summer plagued by the calf injury he sustained in last finale.

Defender Rhyan Mansell and midfielder Will Martyn will also make their AFL debuts on Friday night against Port Adelaide

Mansell has come from the clouds to make his debut, with the 20-year-old the last addition to Richmond’s list (during the Supplementary Selection Period), coming via the SANFL.

A Woodville West Torrens premiership player, Mansell had been training with the club since January 7 before he was eventually signed on.

Martyn captained Brisbane’s academy side in 2019 and has been pushing for a senior berth for some time, having been taken with Pick 44 in the 2019 draft.

With premiership players Dion Prestia (hamstring) and Kamdyn McIntosh (concussion) both forced outs, Richmond coach Damien Hardwick flagged to reporters on Wednesday there’d be at least one debutant for the preliminary final rematch.

Martyn, along with Riley Collier-Dawkins, have been on the Tigers’ list since being drafted in 2018 and 2019 respectively but haven’t cracked the senior side amid tough internal competition for spots.

Both midfielders had excellent pre-seasons. Collier-Dawkins was a shining light in a Richmond intra-club clash before copping a headknock, while Martyn impressed in a scratch match against Melbourne at Casey Fields.

Riley Collier-Dawkins took on Jordan De Goey’s Magpies in the AAMI Community Series. Picture: Michael KleinSource: News Corp Australia

“We’ve got some personnel that will miss games, but it’s a great opportunity for some players to grow into some roles – and that’s really exciting for us,” Hardwick said.

“It certainly reinvigorates the coaching group and I’ve got no doubt it’ll reinvigorate our playing group as well to give some young guys some opportunities.

“There’s a couple of guys (in the mix), we’re working through that at the moment. There’ll be at least one debutant, possibly two, which will be exciting for our fans to see.”

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In the midst of an early injury crisis, the GOLD COAST SUNS will turn to an unlikely ruck trio for their clash against Carlton.

With Zac Smith (PCL) still two to three weeks away and co-captain Jarrod Witts (ACL) out for the season, the Suns have been left without a recognised ruckman.

Suns football boss Jon Haines told 3AW’s Sportsday on Tuesday night three players could fill the void, including 10-game defender Caleb Graham, who’s set to come in for his first senior game of 2021.

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Haines said the 195cm Graham, who had ruck experience as a junior, could “potentially play a role” in the ruck, while 191cm duo Chris Burgess and Hugh Greenwood could pinch-hit.

Witts’ setback comes after Sam Day (meniscus) and Connor Budarick (ACL) both recently underwent surgery.

CARLTON is still hoping Adam Saad can play on Saturday night despite being restricted at training due to knee soreness.

The backman is a test heading into a clash with one of his former clubs Gold Coast.

The Blues could be tempted to unleash key forward Mitch McGovern and some other players that impressed at VFL level on the weekend.

Key forward McGovern booted 3.2 from six marks in just over a half of footy against Williamstown.

Others who impressed Blues VFL coach Daniel O’Keefe were Tom Williamson, who provided great dash from half-back yet defended well too, as well as Matt Kennedy and Liam Stocker.

The Blues should welcome back Will Setterfield after he was a late withdrawal for the Dockers game due to gastro.

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Should NORTH MELBOURNE wish to make a selection statement after its disastrous Good Friday loss, Atu Bosenavulagi looms as senior team call-up.

Bosenavulagi played a terrific VFL game as a defender against Footscray, blanketing AFL-listed Bulldog Mitch Wallis for much of the match.

“Atu is knocking on the door for a senior call-up, that’s for sure,” Roos VFL coach Leigh Adams told the club’s website.

“He struggled a bit early between finding that balance of getting the footy and defending, but he’s figuring that out really quickly.

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“Last week he played on a couple of really nippy forwards and did a great job, then this week he did a great job locking down a very good player in Wallis.”

After being dropped, midfielder Dom Tyson bounced back at VFL level, kicking three goals in a confidence-boosting performance.

There’s also several players returning from injury that’ll be touch and go for selection, including, Aiden Bonar (adductor), Luke McDonald (quad), Curtis Taylor (concussion) and Trent Dumont (calf).

It also remains unclear whether Jed Anderson (ankle) will be fit to play after his Good Friday injury setback, but Jared Polec (hamstring) is unlikely to be fit.

ADELAIDE could welcome back veteran wingman David Mackay, who missed the win over Gold Coast due to hamstring tightness.

The Crows said Mackay would undergo a fitness test to determine whether he can take on North Melbourne this Sunday.

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Adelaide’s SANFL team was back in action on the weekend, with Jackson Hately (25 disposals, 10 marks, 6 inside 50s), Josh Worrell (20 disposals, 5 marks) and Fischer McAsey (14 disposals, 6 marks) the players who best pushed their case for a spot in the senior side.

FREMANTLE is optimistic Nat Fyfe will progress through the concussion protocols and be ready in time for Sunday’s game against the Hawks.

The dual Brownlow medallist missed Round 3’s loss to the Blues after being the victim of a brutal bump that saw GWS utility Sam Reid suspended for two weeks.

“Nat’s continuing to progress really well,” Fremantle GM of football Peter Bell said.

“We’re hopeful that he’ll continue to tick every box in concussion protocols and we’ll make a decision on his availability later in the week.”

Fyfe could come in for top-10 draftee Hayden Young, who’s set for a lengthy stint on the sidelines with a high grade hamstring injury.

There’s also bad news for Sam Switkowski, with the young forward having surgery on a badly broken finger in his right hand.

“Unfortunately Sam sustained a really badly broken finger during the game against Carlton,” Bell said.

“That injury has necessitated surgery. Sam’s had a plate and also some wire put into that finger.

“He’ll be in a splint for at least six weeks, so clearly he will be looking at missing a considerable period of time.”

Switkowski has been Fremantle’s best player this season, according to the Official AFL Player Ratings, ranking 15th in the entire AFL.

Meanwhile the Dockers are expecting Sam Sturt, Griffin Logue (hamstring), Bailey Banfield (ankle), Mitch Crowden (calf) and Luke Valente (soreness) to be available, the latter four as long as they get through main training.

HAWTHORN emerged from its Easter Monday clash without four points — but also without any fresh injuries. Considering the brave nature of the performance, it’s unlikely the Hawks will make any big changes.

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Luke Beveridge will likely be choosing between Zaine Cordy and Lewis Young to fill the void left by Ryan Gardner’s shoulder injury at the WESTERN BULLDOGS.

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Young played just one game last season while Cordy featured 14 times, falling out of favour after playing all 23 games in the 2019 season. The uncapped Buku Khamis, the club’s first Next Generation Academy recruit as a refugee from South Sudan, could also be an option.

The BRISBANE LIONS could welcome back a trio of key players for their clash against the Bulldogs, with ruckman Oscar McInerney (ankle), defender Darcy Gardiner and midfielder Jarrod Berry all vying for a return.

Having not used its medical sub in its 3-0 start, MELBOURNE is hopeful of continuing a healthy start to the season, as Ben Brown (knee) and Sam Weideman (femur) prepare to play in the VFL on Saturday. Jake Melksham looms as the most likely inclusion after he saw no game time as the medical sub last week.

It’s early days for GEELONG so soon after its Easter Monday win, but Sam Menegola is a strong chance to face the Demons on Sunday. However the extent of the setbacks for Shaun Higgins (hamstring) and Francis Evans (ankle) are yet to be determined.

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Australian Rugby League Commission chairman Peter V’landys denies new rules causing injuries as 18th man change to be examined


The Sharks lost three players during the match to concussion and the Raiders lost two, with both John Morris and Ricky Stuart lavishing praise on their sides as both tired badly in the final quarter.

The AFL introduced a medical substitute on the eve of their season commencement, and NRL executives insisted they could tinker with their interchange policy and have it amended almost overnight.

Sione Katoa was one of four Sharks players whose night was ended early by injury.Credit:Getty

V’landys reiterated he thought this season’s new rules – including six again calls for offside infringement and a reduction in scrums which are designed to increase ball in play time – were not responsible for the staggering injury toll, which has seen almost 20 players alone unable to finish matches this weekend.

“It’s actually pleasing the clubs are adhering to the protocols, which are a lot more vigilant,” he said. “Previously, where players may have went back on, they are being subject to a much more cautious approach, which I absolutely welcome.”

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Essendon Bombers’ thumping loss to Port Adelaide compounded by injuries


Substitute Tom Cutler entered the field with five minutes to play before three-quarter-time, before ruckman Sam Draper was put on ice with a left ankle injury.

But the day got worse for the Bombers when midfielder Dylan Shiel was carried off by two trainers early in the last term. Shiel emerged from the rooms on crutches half-way through the final quarter, with fears of a medial ligament injury.

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Third-year player Zak Butters amassed a career-best 36 disposals for the Power, along with six clearances, six tackles and a goal.

Butters wasn’t short of friends, with Ollie Wines (38 touches), Travis Boak (30), Williem Drew (25) and Dan Houston (25) among the top seven possession getters on the ground.

Jordan Ridley (32 disposals) and Zach Merrett (28) – who started the day forward – were Essendon’s leading midfielders.

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Port Adelaide’s ability to play the game in their forward half proved key to their dominance.

They had 12 tackles inside-50 to five, highlighting the pressure from their small forwards, and 62 inside-50s to 39 showcased the difference between the two sides.

The home side had nine individual goal kickers, led by Dixon (4.2) and Georgiades (4.0). The two talls took 13 marks between them and were repeatedly delivered the ball on the lead.

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After starting the season 0-2, the draw doesn’t get any easier for Ben Rutten’s men.

Next Saturday afternoon they’ll meet St Kilda on a fast Marvel Stadium deck, before facing the rejuvenated Sydney Swans away from home. Brisbane in round five and Collingwood on Anzac Day won’t make it any easier after that.

After thrashing North Melbourne in round one, Port Adelaide will get a true litmus test in the next fortnight with games against West Coast away and Richmond.

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South Sydney Rabbitohs’ Jai Arrow cops punch as Sydney Roosters KO’d by injuries and possible suspensions


Roosters fans will also be hoping Victor Radley overcomes a shoulder complaint, which forced him out of the Souths game.

The tricolours had racked up a couple of cricket scores against lesser rivals the past fortnight, but Souths had met heavyweights Melbourne, and Phil Gould noted on the Nine commentary the Redfern club looked more “battle hardened”.

The battle in the middle certainly did not disappoint, especially with Arrow and Waerea-Hargreaves.

Arrow quickly popped up on the radar of the Roosters last November after he shoved a concussed James Tedesco back into the turf during Origin III.

Waerea-Hargreaves certainly gave Arrow a good old-fashioned welcome when they packed into their first scrum.

The niggle between the pair continued before Roosters rookie prop Suluka-Fifita threw a punch into the back of Arrow’s head after he had been tackled.

Referee Ashley Klein sent Suluka-Fifita to the sin bin. Suluka-Fifita was upset with himself for losing his cool and further annoyed when Arrow gave him a wave as he made his way from the field.

Klein reminded skippers Adam Reynolds and Tedesco to keep their big men calm.

While Suluka-Fifita was in the bin, Souths ran in two tries either side of the break courtesy of Josh Mansour and Walker to make it 24-0.

The damage had been done way earlier by Souths.

Mitchell went the short side out of dummy-half, drew former teammate Joey Manu and flicked the ball back inside for Walker, who scored the opener.

Keary was smashed into touch by three Souths defenders inside his own half, and the Roosters were punished as Mitchell’s lightning hands got the ball to hit Dane Gagai and double the lead.

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Mitchell was always going to be up for the grudge match against his former club, and was equally busy in defence, including a brilliant tackle on Daniel Tupou when he tried to dive his way over the tryline.

Waerea-Hargreaves was penalised for a high shot on Mitchell in the second half and for a similar tackle on Cameron Murray.

Lussick was placed on report when he collected Reynolds while in the air after he had kicked. But Lussick appeared to stumble with Billy Slater describing the incident as “clumsy rather than intentional” in the commentary on Nine.

Reynolds was given a standing ovation by the 22,838 Souths fans as he came from the field with nine minutes remaining. He did well to bounce back from a concussion just six days earlier against Manly. Benji Marshall was given an equally impressive ovation when he replaced the skipper.

Brett Morris made it seven tries in three games when he crossed late, as did his twin brother Josh, while Tedesco came up with an impressive 50m four-pointer.

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No immediate reports of injuries after magnitude 7.2 earthquake hits Japan



An earthquake struck northeastern Japan on Saturday, hitting areas devastated by the 2011 disaster, generating a tsunami of 1 metre and shaking buildings.

The quake, with a magnitude of 7.2, hit the coast of Miyagi Prefecture at 6:26 pm (7:26pm AEST) at a depth of 60 km, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

All tsunami alerts were lifted about an hour later, broadcaster NHK said after warning the public not to go near the shore.

There were no immediate reports of deaths or injuries.

Tokyo Electric Power said it had found no irregularities at its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant – wrecked by the massive March 2011 quake that caused nuclear meltdowns and mass evacuations. A spokesman said there were also no irregularities at its nearby Daini facility.

There were no irregularities at Tohoku Electric Power Co’s Onagawa nuclear plant, the nuclear regulator said in an email.

Miyagi Prefecture was having power outages in some areas, according to the website of the Tohoku Electric Power Network.

NHK said service on the Tohoku shinkansen bullet train had been halted.

“It was a really bad, long shaking from side-to-side. It was even longer than the quake last month, but at least the building here is all right,” Shizue Onodera told NHK from the shop where she works in the city of Ishinomaki.

“Lots of bottles smashed on the floor,” she said. “The electricity is on.”

The quake came not long after Japan marked 10 years since the catastrophic 9.0-magnitude earthquake of March 11, 2011, that triggered a killer tsunami and the Fukushima meltdown.

The so-called triple disaster affected Japan’s northeast, including Miyagi.

Some residents of coastal communities said they had fled to higher ground after the advisory was issued Saturday evening. 

“I recalled that day 10 years ago,” a man in Ishinomaki city told NHK as he fled to a park on a hill. 

“Because of our experience of that day, I moved quickly. My heart is pounding hard,” he said.

NHK footage from inside its Sendai bureau showing a plaque suspended from the ceiling shaking for about 30 seconds following the tremor. It did not report any items falling from shelves or any immediate damage.

The quake could be felt in Tokyo about 400 km south of the epicentre. 

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NRL 2021: Injuries, casualty ward, Apisai Koroisau, broken wrist, Penrith Panthers, Ryan Matterson, concussion


The Panthers will be without hooker Apisai Koroisau for six weeks after he sustained a broken wrist in the team’s 24-0 win over the Cowboys.

Koroisau came off early in the second half with scans later confirming the injury.

He underwent surgery and is expected to be sidelined for six weeks with Mitch Kenny to fill the void.

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In other news, Melbourne backrower Felise Kaufusi is facing a two to three-game ban for an incident which saw Parramatta opposite Ryan Matterson concussed in ugly scenes on Thursday night.

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Darwin e-scooter injuries to be probed by doctors amid concern accidents are going unreported


People are regularly turning up to Darwin’s emergency department with serious injuries sustained in e-scooter accidents, according to a medical group concerned the injury rate is not being properly recorded.

Both the licenced e-scooter operator, Neuron, and the City of Darwin council, which is overseeing a Neuron e-scooter trial, have admitted they do not have comprehensive accident data.

But Australian Medical Association NT branch president Rob Parker said up to five people presented to Royal Darwin Hospital with “quite serious” injuries each weekend, mostly from riding drunk, two-to-a-scooter or without a helmet.

He said the accidents are increasing pressure on hospital emergency departments.

“But for the individuals concerned, a broken leg, a head injury have quite a major impact on people’s ability to work,” he said.

Paramedics attended 74 e-scooter incidents in the year since Neuron e-scooters arrived on the streets of Darwin, although that figure includes private scooter accidents too.

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Lord Mayor Kon Vatskalis said he was concerned by any injuries but his council did not receive data about accidents, despite recently extending the e-scooter trial.

He said he wanted to know if injuries were only riders of Neuron’s e-scooters, “because there are a number of people who have their own private scooters, and certainly they probably would have accidents”.

Only Neuron’s hireable e-scooters can legally be ridden on public land in Darwin under a traffic law exemption granted to the company.

Paramedics, e-scooter company produce different figures

Neuron Mobility did not specifically respond to a question about how many accidents it has recorded since its Darwin trial began in January last year.

But in its application for a 12 month trial extension, approved by the council in November, the company said there were about one-and-a-half accidents needing medical attention for every 100,000km travelled.

It said Darwin users had travelled about 800,000km over more than 400,000 trips between January and October last year.

That would equate to about 12 injuries over that period.

A spokeswoman for St John Ambulance, however, said paramedics attended at least 54 incidents over the same timeframe.

A spokesperson for Neuron said its statistics only captured incidents reported to the company, and some were not reported because they were minor or riders “may have not been following the riding rules and so they are less keen to report the incident”.

“Safety is a top priority for Neuron, we record and analyse incidents in all of our cities so we can further improve our e-scooters, the way we operate them, and also how we can educate our riders to travel in the safest possible way,” the spokesperson said.

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The scooters are subject to numerous safety protocols, including regular maintenance checks and safety messaging in the app riders use to rent them.

Users are also expected to wear a helmet and not ride under the influence of alcohol.

Andrew Everingham from St John Ambulance said almost all of the injuries paramedics attended over the year happened at night.

“The majority of injuries are to the head/face,” he said in a statement.

“St John NT recognises that e-scooters are a fun way for families and friends to explore Darwin, however there is potential for serious injuries if riders ignore necessary precautions.

“It is important that people not use the scooters while intoxicated and always keep a respectful distance between pedestrians and other vehicles. Wearing a helmet is also crucially important to protect against injuries.”

NT Police said they were unable to provide data about e-scooter offences because of how they were reported.

Study to prevent avoidable hospital visits

Mr Vatskalis denied that the council should have had access to better injury data during the trial review process.

“We wanted to find out how they are used, the frequency of use and the range of their use. The injuries do not come into it,” he said.

“We do not expect the injuries because we believe that people will take personal responsibility seriously and will follow the rules and the law of the country.”

Associate Professor Parker said he intends to raise the injury rate with the council once an upcoming study is finalised.

“If council are going to make decisions about people’s safety and the safety of the public and the use of the scooters, they need accurate data,” he said.

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An NT Health spokeswoman confirmed that study would track e-scooter injuries as part of a broader bid to reduce avoidable hospitalisations.

“In a joint project between both Royal Darwin and Palmerston regional hospital campuses and the RDH Trauma Service at the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre, a study is being undertaken to track e-scooter-related accidents,” the spokeswoman said.

“The results of this study will provide valuable information and evidence towards preventing avoidable presentations in Top End hospitals.

“Data collection to inform this project will continue into the middle of the year and will be followed by analysis.”

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Woman suffers shrapnel injuries in yacht explosion at Newport Anchorage Marina


A woman has been injured in a boat explosion at a Sydney marina that sank a yacht and scattered debris up to 30 metres.

Emergency services were called to the Newport Anchorage Marina on Sydney’s northern beaches just before 8:00pm yesterday after reports of an explosion.

The blast was so loud residents reported hearing it several kilometres away.

A 57-year-old woman managed to escape the 46-foot yacht before it sank, with a bystander helping her to safety at a nearby jetty.

The woman, who suffered shrapnel injuries to her lower legs, told police she had been sleeping alone on a sofa inside the yacht when the explosion happened.

She was taken to Royal North Shore and is in a stable condition.

Seb Stritt had been at Newport Beach with friends when he heard a “really loud” bang and walked to the marina to investigate the noise.

“On the way here we heard multiple sirens and [police] cars go past so we knew it was a pretty big deal,” he said.

“When we got here we saw the boat had sunk and the mast was sticking out of the water … quite a bit of debris from the boat and a bit of damage to the marina.”

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NSW Ambulance Service chief inspector Darren Hoschke described the explosion as “horrific”.

“Vision was poor around the marina so paramedics did a terrific job treating the patient in the ambulance,” he said.

“The explosion caused enough damage to start to sink the boat. It was relieving to see the patient walk away from the scene.”

He said debris was scattered up to 35 metres from the yacht.

Three ambulance crews, police, water police and fire crews responded.

NSW Fire and Rescue Inspector Mark McKay said firefighters used booms to ensure any fuel and debris were contained.

Water police and investigators are on the scene today to determine the cause of the explosion.

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