Pumas fans have been suffered an injury blow with confirmation that Argentine international second-rower Manuel Carizza will be out of action for two months after having injured his wrist playing against the Hurricanes in Cape Town on Saturday. The forward from Rosario suffered torn ligaments and now faces a time on the sidelines.
The injury comes at an unfortunate time for Argentina and for the organizers of Super Rugby as Carizza is the most notable player from Argentina involved in the competition. Carizza is one of two Pumas involved in the 2014 Super Rugby competition with the other being 20 year old Mendoza tighthead prop Matías Díaz who made his Super Rugby debut for the Highlanders from the bench earlier in the day.
Carizza started the match against the Hurricanes, thus maintaining his starting spot from the Stormers´ opening round match against the Lions last weekend. He will now not only miss the Stormers tour of Australia and New Zealand but will likely only return for the South African franchise in May. The injury leaves the Stormers without two top second-rowers as Carizza joins Eben Etzebeth on the injured list.
Carizza´s match was ended in the 63rd minute when he was replaced. The remain for the substitution was not tactical. Rather the Puma had been injured while hitting the ball up in the 61st minute. The Stormers won the resulting ruck and continued to sperad the ball over the following two minutes before being awarded a penalty. Carizza was substituted following the kick.
Carizza is playing for the Stormers after having previously played in the French Top 14 from 2005-2014. The twenty-nine year old played seven seasons for Biarritz and one for Racing Métro before signing to play in Cape Town. The forty time capped Puma is looking to play at a second Rugby World Cup in 2015.