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Newcastle face anxious wait over Andrews

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The influential forward – South Africa's second most-capped player ever – suffered a suspected broken rib in the 25-23 defeat against Gloucester on Saturday, going off the field during the second half having helped set up a try for his side.

"I broke a rib in the World Cup in 1995 in the quarter-finals and played with a pain-killing injection, but you're not allowed to do that now," Andrews told Newcastle newspaper The Journal.

"It's hard to say if it would only be a couple of weeks out or what, but you can't really do much with a damaged rib but wait and see.

"I just got caught as I tried to pass the ball to Jamie Grindal for the score and when he went over I thought we had it in the bag. I should know better – I've played long enough to know that you can win or lose in the dying seconds. I've done it and had it done to me."

Newcastle are currently bottom of the Premiership table with three fixtures remaining, but will now face an anxious wait over the fitness of Andrews, who has been a key figure in their recent resurgence in form.

The Falcons face Northampton and Saracens on their home turf of Kingston Park, before finishing off the season with an away trip to fellow Premiership stragglers Bath at the Recreation Ground on May 10.

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