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Surgery for Rogers as Outlaws toll mounts

BENCHED: Gympie player Billy Rogers will be out of action for six weeks with facial injuries.
BENCHED: Gympie player Billy Rogers will be out of action for six weeks with facial injuries. Nicholas Falconer

THE Northern Outlaws has been plagued by injury this week with lock Billy Rogers unable to take to the field due to facial injuries.

The former Parramatta Eels player sustained a broken eye socket, jaw and cheekbone while competing in the annual 47th Battalion carnival in Roma.

"I copped a knee in the face," Rogers said.

Last weekend, Rogers was chosen to play in the carnival; selected from the Sunshine Coast Gympie rugby league Division One competition to make the Sunshine Coast team along with his fellow team-mates from the Outlaws.

"Teams from all over the place came to play," he said.

Rogers was injured in the first 15 minutes in the first game of the carnival against Gladstone.

He walked off the field to an awaiting ambulance.

Rogers said the Sunshine Coast team won its first game, but failed to perform against Toowoomba, who later went on to win the competition.

Rogers will have surgery on Tuesday and was told he would be unable to play for six weeks.

"I was pretty happy when the surgeon told me that," he said.

"It means I still get to play out the end of the season."

Along with Rogers, Danny McMah is out with a broken foot, Ben Hayes with a busted knee and Tim Wyvil with a suspected shoulder injury.

On top of this toll, the injured Terry Carroll is yet to return from playing rugby union in the Philippines and Sam Young is absent while playing for the Sunshine Coast Falcons.

Kurt Fleming said due to the number of injuries, a few younger players would be stepping up today when the Outlaws play Kawana at Kawana.

Last week, the Outlaws did not play and that reprieve was intended to be a break for the side, ensuring no more injuries.

"With almost all of our big players out, it will make it tougher," Fleming said.

"We struggled a bit at training after finding out so many players were out".

One of the younger players playing his debut match in a division one game was Gympie player Daniel Robinson.

"He is a particularly strong player," Fleming said.

"We are pretty optimistic. We haven't lost a game but we haven't won one either," he said.

Riley McDowell has come back strong and played well in round two.

"Hopefully, we can finally get our first win," Fleming said.

Gympie Times

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