Australia, Cooper’s quadriceps fracture of the Achilles tendon
Serious injury opening, at risk for 2023 Rugby World Cup
Bad news for Australia and Quad Cooper: No. 10 broke the Achilles tendon in his left leg at the start of the second half from Argentina and Australia, slipping off the field.
Thus, the 34-year-old Wallabies’ opener will face a lengthy hiatus, with the 2023 Rugby World Cup now in jeopardy.
Cooper, who is again part of Dave Rainey’s plans for the French World Championship, will have to hold steady for 9 months, which is the average recovery time from this type of injury. So he will have little time to return to the level needed to represent one of the world’s strongest national teams in the most important event on the world stage, which begins in September next year.
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However, the player did not give up, posting the message on his social accounts: “Obstacles on the road become the way.”
Cooper had already missed the July tests against England due to a muscle problem.
In the other match, Pfaff de Klerk hit a hard kick during a tackle after just 45 minutes of play and was released on a stretcher, reappearing at the end of the match on the sidelines and celebrating the win with his teammates. The All Blacks reported that Beauden Barrett suffered no serious injuries from the frightening fall after Kurt Lee Arendsay’s foul ten minutes before the end of the game.
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