Hassler May Not Play Star Eagles In

Manly coach Des Hasler is considering keeping his elite players out of next month's Cougar World Sevens tournament in a bid to avoid a repeat of this year's high injury toll.

The Sea Eagles lost five-eighth Ben Walker and captain Steve Menzies for several weeks.

Walker was knocked unconscious and left with a serious neck injury after a ferocious hit from England captain Andy Farrell and Menzies sustained a fractured eye socket, sitting out most of the pre-season.

"The Sevens is a good event and the players enjoy it but I've got to think about the bigger picture," Hasler told the League Correspondent.