Andrew Makalio scores a try during Rebels v Crusaders, 2018 Super Rugby season, AAMI Park, Melbourne, Australia. 4 May 2018. Copyright Image: Brendon Ratnayake / www.photosport.nz

Crusaders Hooker Makalio to miss 2021 Super Rugby season


Crusaders hooker Andrew Makalio is expected to undergo surgery after he injured his neck following a collision while playing for Tasman towards the end of the 2020 Mitre 10 Cup.

Scans and specialist opinions have revealed that surgery is the best way to deal with the injury. Crusaders Head Coach Scott Robertson has revealed that the front-rower will miss the upcoming 2021 season which is set to commence in February.

Bay of Plenty hooker Nathan Vella has joined the Crusaders squad as an injury replacement for the full 2021 Super Rugby season.

“We really feel for Drewza, and we wish him all the best with surgery and his recovery. While he won’t take part in any games this season, Drew is a really important member of our squad and his contribution off the field will be significant. We look forward to connecting with him on his return to Christchurch following surgery.” Robertson told Crusaders Media.

Super Rugby Aotearoa fixtures

ROUND 1 Bye: CHIEFS
Friday 26 February Highlanders v Crusaders Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Saturday 27 February Hurricanes v Blues Sky Stadium, Wellington
ROUND 2 Bye: BLUES
Friday 5 March Chiefs v Highlanders FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton
Saturday 6 March Crusaders v Hurricanes Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch
ROUND 3 Bye: HURRICANES
Saturday 13 March Crusaders v Chiefs Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch
Sunday 14 March Blues v Highlanders Eden Park, Auckland
ROUND 4 Bye: HIGHLANDERS
Saturday 20 March Hurricanes v Chiefs Sky Stadium, Wellington
Sunday 21 March Blues v Crusaders Eden Park, Auckland
ROUND 5 Bye: CRUSADERS
Friday 26 March Highlanders v Hurricanes Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Saturday 27 March Chiefs v Blues FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton
ROUND 6 (Easter weekend & Daylight saving ends in New Zealand) Bye: CHIEFS
Friday 2 April Crusaders v Highlanders Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch
Saturday 3 April Blues v Hurricanes Eden Park, Auckland
ROUND 7 Bye: BLUES
Saturday 10 April Highlanders v Chiefs Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Sunday 11 April Hurricanes v Crusaders Sky Stadium, Wellington
ROUND 8 Bye: HURRICANES
Friday 16 April Highlanders v Blues Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Saturday 17 April Chiefs v Crusaders FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton
ROUND 9 (ANZAC DAY Weekend) Bye: HIGHLANDERS
Friday 23 April Chiefs v Hurricanes FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton
Sunday 25 April Crusaders v Blues Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch
ROUND 10 Bye: Crusaders
Friday 30 April Hurricanes v Highlanders Sky Stadium, Wellington
Saturday 1 May Blues v Chiefs Eden Park, Auckland
Final – Saturday 8 May
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