seven-man world series, Henry Hutchison injuries, broken ribs, torn ACL
Australian Sevens star Henry Hutchison has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2023 World Series after suffering a series of horrific injuries in the past two tournaments.
Hutchison, who captained Australia in the absence of injured Nick Malouf, sprained his wrist and broke several ribs at the Hamilton Sevens last month but stepped back for his hometown Sydney Sevens, a week later.
But the 25-year-old was at war again at the Allianz Stadium, injuring both his right knee and left ACL in the game against Argentina.
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“Obviously with the 2023 World Series being an Olympic qualifying year, I’m very disappointed that I can’t contribute more on the field,” Hutchison said.
“However, I will do everything in my power to contribute positively to the team. I hope my injury will give the new boys the opportunity to develop their game and add new depth to our squad.”
Hutchison was due to undergo surgery on Monday and is expected to complete her business degree in March.
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Stu Dunbar replaced Australia captain following Hutchison’s injury in Sydney.
The next tournament will begin in Los Angeles on February 25.
“There are a lot of talented footballers on this side – I expect someone to step in and do the job in my absence,” Hutchison said.
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“One of the biggest challenges for me over the next 9-12 months will be keeping my mind active and staying focused. The training and rehabilitation will be the easy part – the mental stamina needed for recovery will be the area of interest for me.
“I know I have a lot of support from Rugby Australia, as well as my family and friends, and I’m counting on all parties to move me in the right direction.
“Injuries are part of football – they come with the territory. It’s the biggest setback I’ve faced in my career so far, but I have full confidence in the rehabilitation team I work with. I know they will go above and beyond to get me back to where I was before the injury.
“I’m aiming to return to rugby a better player and a better athlete, mentally refreshed and ready to roll into a great 2024. People may view my injury as an incident that robbed me of a playing year – I don’t. I don’t see it that way. It gave me time to get my body in order – I’ve been doing pretty well with leather for six years now. I’ll find the silver linings wherever they are.
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