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Wallaby Injury Crisis 2013: It’s Worse Than You Thought (UPDATED)

Wallaby Injury Crisis 2013: It’s Worse Than You Thought (UPDATED)

The Wallabies are not world beaters.

It  hurts to say it (again), but I have to.

The last few weeks have seen the bars, water coolers, and television rooms of the Australian rugby public alight with speculation as to why this is. I suspect the worn to the bone finger of Australian blame would land square on the shoulders of a vague Injury list – more speculative than factual –  more often than not.

This definitely wouldn’t be a bad place to start, as some world class players are unavailable for selection.

In fact, this season has been particularly bad for the Wallabies, with 26 players currently signed to the Team Rehab XV for Test Season 2013.

In mining the depths of press releases, Twitter and Instagram posts, Green and Gold Rugby has assembled the latest, greatest, most comprehensive injury report Australian rugby has ever seen.

UPDATE: More injuries have been discovered in the hours following publishing – a Front Rower, a Loose Forward, and 2 more Outside Backs (with more details included on others). 

Read on to see the full horror…..

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  • Mr T

    Why is Kyle Godwin’s return a present for Michael Cheika?

    • Yeah I didn’t get that either

    • ash

      Should be Michael Foley.

    • TheKing

      That’s an embarrassing one.. I’ll put my hand up, silly mistake, apologies

      • david baldwin

        Do you have a sister studying law?

        • TheKing

          Not that I know of. If she’s a Darveniza then we must be related somehow, though. Which university?

        • david baldwin

          QUT – i just recognised the name

  • Pedro

    Dan Palmer

    • Dougall

      Isn’t he just overseas?

      • Pedro

        He was injured for the second half of the season. That’s why he wasn’t selected against the Lions and barely played for the brumbies. Foot injury I believe.

        • Dougall

          Ah fair enough, sad to hear

        • Meatray

          Broken bone in the foot. Got repaired surgically. Geez I hope he comes back

    • TheKing

      Hi Pedro, Palmer has been edited in.

      • Pedro

        Cool. The system works!

  • Matthew Lalor

    there are a few in there that are really stretching the numbers… lets not sound like we’re starting to whine… Would be be selecting a lot of these guys if they were fit?

    • TheKing

      Hi Matthew, please see the above comment

  • Wilson

    Fotu Auelua as well, with the back row shuffles he would probably have gotten a shot, we defintely could have used his bulk

    • Pedro

      Please change your avatar to this:

      • Wilson

        Thanks, I’d been looking for something

    • TheKing

      Thanks Wilson, I’ll do some research and add him in. Really could have had an impact coming off the bench on the tour

  • Meatray

    If we are adding Fijianitis we may as well add stupidity to the list and put Homebrands name down as well.

  • Meatray

    On another note, any thoughts as to why this is occurring? Do we need Rockies suggestion of an over hall of a national conditioning program?

    • SuckerForRed

      CFS concerns me particularly. He seems to have spent most of the last 2 years with a hamstring injury. Is this an indication that we are putting to much to young on some of the players? Are the S&C coaches good at dealing with fully developed players but struggle with developing bodies?

  • DNAAAAGES

    cluthing at straws a bit here. In that list probably Totafu would make bench and pocock and higgers would start. Lealifano only missed one game and all those wingers probably are as good as each other so no real loss there. So about 4 major injuries

    • TheKing

      Maybe a little.. But given the European Tour’s history of blooding the Wallabies of the future and helping outstanding Super players take the next step, it’s a shame many of these guys missed out due to injury. I really would have loved to see Kyle Godwin, Chris Sautia, and Hugh Pyle play on the tour and get some invaluable experience to take back to their Super clubs.

      • Observer

        Another competition I’d like to throw into this discussion is the Pacific Nations Cup. for years we had a team running in the comp where fringe Wallabies got international experience against some very good teams.You would think that alot of the players would benefit from the exposure that tournament provided as well as providing a ready pool of players to backup the Wallabies.
        It was also a very accessible competition for the public.
        Shame we don’t compete in it any more.

    • SuckerForRed

      Even though the wingers might be as good as each other the point is we have lost 4 wingers. Even if the ABs lost 4 players from one position they would start to struggle. And to add another to the list – is there a problem with Morahan?

      • TheKing

        Apparently not. I had a good look on Google and mined his twitter – the impression I got was he was fully in to pre-season with the Force.

  • abMerlin

    Pocock = great loss. Beale = other teams would rather not have him out there, but is he any good to his own teams psyche! The rest are run of the mill test players (if that) and ought not be missed/replaceable you would have thought/hoped! Some inclusions just…..?

    • Mica

      Higgenbotham is a huge loss. We have struggled to get go forward from the back row and Higgers was in fantastic form pre injury. Some of the injuries have been a silver lining though. Without all the wingers being injured TK wouldn’t have got a run

  • ash

    For the outside backs, aren’t both Digby Ioane and Cam Crawford also injured?

    edit: Great effort in putting this list together, by the way!

    • TheKing

      Thanks for the tip, doing some research and will edit them in. This is getting worse!

    • TheKing

      Hi Ash, I’ve edited them in. Thanks for the tip

  • Patrick

    I am cautiously optimistic that in a year’s time Pyle, a revitalised Horwill, Pocock, Fardy and Higgers will be ripping into opposition packs, with the likes of TPN and Jones, off the bench.

    So there’s a silver lining! But there’s no doubt that the absence of those guys has really weakened our team. Contra some of the others here, it is less to the point that we might not have selected all these guys but that the pool of available players was dramatically weakened – and has been for some time.

    I think as long ago as the start of last year I could come up with a Wallaby injured XV which was a decent chance of beating the actual Wallabies (injuries aside obviously!) .And that’s a bad place to be in for a national team. Even NZ would suffer if they lost Mealamu, McCaw, Whitelock, Reid and one of Messam and Latimer.

    • iScreamAtTheTelly

      Amen. Lot’s to look forward to but we’ve been,”looking forward…” for a while now. It sucks. I just want to see a big, full strength Aussie pack. That’s all I want for early Christmas. We’re struggling. No depth, no strength. Not to mention the quality of our Super sides will dip further if we don’t have fit fella’s running around. It’s completely cyclical and it will only improve with better conditioning and better luck. Good conditioning kind of creates your own luck so lets look into that a bit more.

    • Whinging Pom

      Mealamu and Latimer? Are you having a laugh? The All Blacks would just call up Hika Elliot or Corey Flynn and Latimer hasn’t played for the All Blacks since 2009; so no loss there.

  • ShaunLambert

    There’s a good 7 of those that don’t deserve to be on that list

    • Stevo Brah

      Like who? I thought they all had a good shot at making the tour, maybe not a few of the wingers but the fact remains that their are 5 outside backs and 4 flankers that could have made it that weren’t selected due to injury. Peter Betham doesn’t deserve to be a starting wallaby..

      • ShaunLambert

        Dan Palmer, James Hansen, Hugh Pyle, Cam Crawford, Rod Davies, Dom Shipperley, Lachie Turner and Henry Speight. Actually 8 in the end. Apologies for the late reply, don’t tend to check my disqus profile all that much. Though for the record my inclusion of Henry is due to the fact that he’s not actually injured, only ineligble, i reckon he’s good enough.

  • Graeme

    It seems to be a problem plaguing us for years now. Over the pre-Deans Wallaby period I don’t recall us having to contend with anything like the injury tolls we have had since, both at Super and international level. Last year we were barely playing with a B team at times, with our top 1st, 2nd and even 3rd choice players out in some positions.
    I don’t know if it is because of the length of the season or what but I think the S&P needs to be reviewed both at Super and national level.

  • Graeme

    Pre-teens was suppose to be pre-Deans. Bloody autocorrect.

  • jay

    fuck this article is rid with mistakes. Hugh pyle will never make the wallabies

  • steve

    Wow that Speight part is really gay not your best stuff mate

  • Roger

    Still no Digby? Think he might be the Ben Tune of the current crop. Terrific when fit, but mostly injured.

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