Posted by: fiore | September 13, 2011

RWC toll

The first round of the Rugby World Cup has already taken its toll as quite few players suffered from various injuries. As a matter of fact, the tournament could even have already lost one of its stars: Aussie wing Digby Ioane sustained a fracture during Australia’s opening 32-6 win over Italy, and that would be a real bummer for him, for Australia and for all of us.

But the injury list is quite long: South African lock Victor Matfield and centre Jean de Villiers will miss the Springboks’ second World Cup match against Fiji as De Villiers picked up a rib injury while Matfield suffered a hamstring injury.

France fly-half David Skrela‘s World Cup may be hanging in the balance after he suffered a shoulder injury in Saturday’s win over Japan.

While Japan number eight Ryukoliniasi Holani has been ruled out of the rest of the World Cup with a knee injury. Holani joins Justin Ives on the sidelines after the New Zealand-born lock failed to recover from a left knee problem.

Argentina centre Gonzalo Tiesi has been definitely ruled out of the rest of the World Cup too with an injury to his right knee, with captain Felipe Contepomi also left struggling with bruised ribs.

If anyone had some doubt about it… this is going to be a very tough tournament.

And here is someone who was so unlucky that he didn’t even get to the World Cup: David Wallace was ruled out of the World Cup by a knee injury, last 27/08, during the England’s 20-9 victory at Aviva Stadium in Dublin. “He took it like the man he is. I’ve never seen a man as physically fit as he is right now. It’s heartbreaking for him, but that’s the cut-throat nature of sport.” said Ireland head coach Declan Kidney.

And it is heartbreaking for us (read *me*) too.

David Wallace ruled out of the World Cup only two weeks ahead of the beginning

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