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Ovidiu Tonita is working to recover from an injury sustained in a warm-up match Ovidiu Tonita is working to recover from an injury sustained in a warm-up match CREDIT: RWC

Romania nurture injured players

Tuesday 6 September 2011, 6:08PM
By Rugby World Cup 2011
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Romania's coaching team are doing all they can to hasten the return of key players from injury to reinforce their front and back rows, as well as the three-quarter line.

The team's physical trainer, Olivier Rieg, is conducting individualised sessions with a handful of injured players designed to promote quick recovery.

"We are seeing an improvement every day, and most of our injured players are already back to playing rugby," Rieg said ahead of the opening Pool B match against Scotland on Saturday.

"So far it's been positive, but I still can't say who will be in the line-up against Scotland."

Prop Mihaita Lazar and centre Ionel Cazan are nursing minor injuries to their left shin and right foot respectively.

Prop Nicolae Nere, back row Ovidiu Tonita and wing Catalin Nicolae are recovering from injuries suffered during The Oaks' friendly match against French side Perigueux in August.

"Every night the team management and I assess how the injured players are doing and who is ready to play," said Rieg.

"At the moment everything looks good on paper. We just hope the players will make the most of their capabilities in their match against Scotland."