Which Wallabies are injured and when will they return? Australian Rugby Team Injury Service




Did Dave Rennie break a mirror while walking under a ladder after being startled by a black cat? Otherwise, how do you explain the staggering number of Wallabies that have fallen this season, which is now 16 and counting?

Reece Hodge may have been Mr Fixit to Rennie, but even Bob the Builder was shaking his head and turning his back on the wreckage of the Kiwi coach’s squad just one game into the Rugby Championship.

Last week, Rennie refused to talk about his emergency department or accept that he was the victim of bad luck. It was after Samu Kerevi’s ACL but before his captain Michael Hooper returned home, No. 10 star Quade Cooper suffered a ruptured Achilles, Allan Alaalatoa suffered family bereavement and Hunter Paisami suffered a blow to the head.

“Every team goes through periods where they’re unlucky,” Hodge said Wednesday.

“Some teams are lucky in periods and they win, but the best teams win when they go through pretty tough times.

“We’ve been through one in the last two or three months, but the fact that we’re developing a lot of depth in the squad and the next-man mentality that we’re developing, that will go a long way to hopefully getting some performance. together we can be proud of.”

There could be some good news for Rennie this week with Rory Arnold ready to overcome a calf injury to take his place in the second Test against Argentina, but the Wallabies injured department remains packed.

Here is a list of Wallabies absent from the action (will be updated via the TRC)

Allan Alaalatoa (personal reasons): The Brumbies skipper quit the Argentina tour on Wednesday after suffering family bereavement. He will probably be ready to play against the Springboks.

Tom Banks (broken arm): Banks fell heavily trying to claim a high kick from Nic White in the first Test in Perth. He went on a miserable run after a similar injury a year earlier against South Africa and a fractured facial bone during Super Rugby.

“It’s pretty serious,” Rennie said of Banks’ latest injury. “I am disgusted for Banksy because he worked so hard to come back. He had a great season. We will miss him.

The injury could be the death knell for the Wallabies career of Banks, who is set to return to play in Japan next season, although he will be hoping to land a spot abroad for some World Cup games.

Tom Banks. (Yeung/Getty Images)

Angus Bell (toe): Bell suffered a toe injury in the third Test against England in Sydney and was replaced in the Argentina squad by Matt Gibbon. He hopes for a later return to the TRC.

Quade Cooper (Achilles): Having missed the England series with a calf strain during the warm-up in Perth, Cooper found rhythm in Mendoza before being knocked down by a sniper. Achilles injuries usually take 9 to 12 months to heal. He’ll be 35 and racing enough to play in the Wallabies’ pre-RWC Tests. While Cooper has already shown he’s determined to recover, a solid showing from Noah Lolesio over the rest of this year could end Cooper’s Wallabies comeback.

Ned Hanigan (knee): The Waratahs striker was reinstated in the Wallabies squad after returning from Japan and then recalled from the Australian A team as an injury cover in the England series. But as soon as he returned, he had to have knee surgery.

Michael Hooper (personal reasons): The Australian skipper pulled out of the Argentina tour before the first game to return home after struggling with what he called ‘mindset’ issues. Nic White said Hooper had been in touch with the team members, but there was no indication when he might return, if he did.

Harry Johnson-Holmes (Achilles): Called up from the Australian A team following other injuries, HJH suffered a ruptured Achilles which will sideline him for the rest of this season and potentially the start of Super Rugby 2023.

Andrew Kellaway (hamstrings): Kellaway suffered hamstring damage in training ahead of the second Test against England and although the Wallabies described the issue as ‘not serious’ at the time, the strain kept him out for a month. He hopes to return to play for the Springboks later this month.

Andrew Kelway

Andrew Kellaway (Photo by Getty Images)

Samu Kerevi (knee): Of all the reversals of luck that have struck Rennie, this might be the most unlucky. Kerevi was cleared to join the Commonwealth Games squad and suffered an ACL injury in a pool game against Kenya. He will be out for the rest of the year but the Japan-based star should recover in time to be one of the first caps for France next year. Rennie said he had no regrets letting Kerevi go to the Games.

Cadeyrn Neville (knee): Neville made a long-awaited debut at 33 against England and looked confident and classy, ​​only to have his season crushed by a knee injury. He’s been reported to have a medial collateral ligament injury, which means he has an outside chance to make the Spring Tour.

Hunter Paisami (concussion): Fox Sports reported that Paisami suffered a blow to the head in training before the second Test against Argentina was due for a mandatory suspension.

Izaia Perese (knee): Perese had a great Super Rugby campaign and was starting to make progress on the international stage, but had a miserable time at Brisbane. He was shown a yellow card early on but things got worse when he returned to the paddock, getting crushed in a tackle and suffering a ruptured patella tendon which could keep him out for nine to 12 months.

Dave Porecki (concussion): The Waratahs hooker made his debut against England and quickly became Rennie’s first choice. But a concussion suffered during training in Argentina sent him home. He should be recovered in time to face South Africa.

Izack Rodda (foot): There’s quite a bit of mystery surrounding Rodda and the foot injury he described as a bone bruise. On June 1, Rodda said he would be fit to face England, and the injury was much better than expected. Ten days later, Rennie said the injury was worse than expected, adding: “He could be out for up to three months.” This would put Rodda back in contention for the All Blacks Tests, although no updates have been reported recently.

Scott Sio (shoulder): Sio suffered a shoulder injury in the second Test against England and was unable to take part in the Argentina tour. No timeline for his recovery has been reported.

Lachie Swinton (shoulder): Swinton has not played since the last round of Super Rugby due to nerve damage in his shoulder. He has been absent for more than almost four months. “The big point is I’m not playing and doing what I love to do,” he said ahead of the England series.

“For me, not doing that breaks me a lot. I’m trying to focus and channel my energy into developing myself athletically and in other aspects, and I think it’s going really well. Every time that happens, I’ll be a better player for it.




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