James Mortimer 22.Jan.2013Getty Images
The one franchise that arguably has the biggest complaint is the NSW Waratahs, who have now lost forward Kane Douglas for the commencement of the season.
The Wallabies logistic camp had a game of touch football as part of promotional duties, and the big lock hurt his ankle, and while it may not de-rail his season, it means that one of the Waratahs key forwards will have his introduction into the 2013 Investec Super Rugby season delayed.
The injury will do nothing to improve relations with the Wallabies and their Super Rugby counterparts, who may have to release Test players during the Super Rugby season to prepare for the Lions series.
Already the Super Rugby season and draw has been re-worked to allow the Australian franchises to work with the fabled tourists, who will play three Test matches as well as fixtures against every Australian Super Rugby outfit.
Originally it was believed that the Lions would face full strength Australian ‘provincial’ teams, but the plan to withdraw senior players, may result in weakened state sides, but will allow Wallabies coach Robbie Deans to cotton wool his players and potentially continue the Southern Hemisphere’s dominance over the side assembled every four years with the best players the Home Unions have to offer.
Waratahs coach Michael Cheika said to AAP he was disappointed that Douglas was injured despite assurances of no rugby activity.
"We were assured there would be no rugby content whatsoever,” he said.
“(Now) we've had a player injured shooting an advertisement without the correct strapping. He's now going to start the season with just two weeks of training.”
“That type of stuff makes it (releasing players) hard to swallow.”
"I understand mistakes can happen sometime but we can minimise them and that shouldn't be happening. That makes it very difficult to believe in the process when the details aren't being maintained correctly."