first_imgUelese was ruled out of the Wallabies’ June Series on Sunday, with suspicions he had suffered the serious injury, and scans on Monday confirmed the worst-case scenario.The 21-year-old was on the field for just 10 minutes in the Rebels’ win over the Blues in Auckland before falling awkwardly in a tackle on Blues no. 8 Akira Ioane.Uelese will go under the knife on Thursday, and begin the long rehabilitation process.Rebels general manager – professional rugby – Nick Ryan, said the news was a blow to the team.“The news of Jordan’s injury is incredibly disappointing for everyone involved in Australian and Victorian rugby, the Rebels, but foremost for Jordan,” Ryan said.“Jordan is a respected member of the Melbourne Rebels playing group, and someone who has showed great resilience and dedication to his rehabilitation to return from a shoulder injury this season.“His resilience will be tested yet again, but we are confident that Jordan will apply himself to the process to get himself back to playing, meanwhile supporting his teammates as we look to chase our bit of history this Super Rugby season.”The Club has great faith in quality players such as Anaru Rangi and Nathan Charles to lead the way for the rest of our campaign.”Rangi is a chance to be called up to the Wallabies’ June squad, after Uelese’s withdrawal, but an official replacement is yet to be named.last_img read more

first_imgSpanish football giants FC Barcelona defensive midfielder Javier Mascherano has revealed he wants to become a coach when he calls time on his playing career.The Argentina international believes that he is drawn by the challenge of passing on what he has learned throughout his career to younger players and has no intention of leaving football once he hangs up his boots.”I would become a coach. As a player, things are easier, but it gets more complicated when you go on the other side. I want to pass on everything my coaches taught me. In football, things go full circle,” Mascherano was quoted as saying by radio channel Radio Metro on Tuesday.Mascherano, who began his career as a defensive midfielder, has adapted to play at the centre of defence after being first deployed there by former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola.”At that time, many central defenders were injured and Sergio Busquets had emerged in midfield. I came to Barcelona knowing I was signed as a backup and it would be very difficult to hold down a place in midfield. Obviously I would have fought for my place but one of the best in the world was playing in my position,” Mascherano said.last_img read more