Grant Birchall returns after 2 years out...

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If he's only starting to run by end of January, looks like Round 1 is off the cards.

Given the season he had last year (although very durable throughout his career), hopefully they don't rush him and he comes back 100% for the rest of the year.
 

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If he's only starting to run by end of January, looks like Round 1 is off the cards.

Given the season he had last year (although very durable throughout his career), hopefully they don't rush him and he comes back 100% for the rest of the year.
Hasn’t he been running since November?

I’ve not seen any reports, but if he’s run all of Nov + Dec, then misses 3x weeks in Jan but runs all of Feb, wouldn’t he’d be a fair shot playing in late March?

Maybe you’re right & they hold him back for a couple,.
 

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Hasn’t he been running since November?

I’ve not seen any reports, but if he’s run all of Nov + Dec, then misses 3x weeks in Jan but runs all of Feb, wouldn’t he’d be a fair shot playing in late March?

Maybe you’re right & they hold him back for a couple,.
He wasn't doing any running at the training sessions on Jan 5, 8 and 10.
The NZ clips only show him doing stationary drills.

He says in the video he will start running by end of the month.

I doubt he built up too much fitness between the PCL surgery in August (?) to end of the year. It will take a while for him to get miles in the legs.
 

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This isn't ideal is it. We looked so much better when birchall played last year- our ability to maintain possession is severely hampered in his absence.
 

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If he's only starting to run by end of January, looks like Round 1 is off the cards.

Given the season he had last year (although very durable throughout his career), hopefully they don't rush him and he comes back 100% for the rest of the year.
Provides a good opportunity for Glass / Impey / Mirra !!
 

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Please! It isn't even mid January and we are already down 2 key players with Birchall & Rioli having delayed starts at best. Not a great start to the year is it?
Rioli has been given a training program while in NT. He will be fine. Birchall is a concern, but we have players to replace him in need
 

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