Achilles tendon rupture for Australia prop Taniela Tupou

Tupou is the fourth Wallaby to suffer an Achilles tendon injury this season. A scourge that Australians want to investigate.

Australia coach Dave Rennie confirmed on Friday that Taniela Tupou has suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon. The pillar of Tongan origin could still be reinstated for the 2023 World Cup in France. He had been sent home with the other injured Australian players after the defeat against Ireland last Saturday (13-10).

The recovery time is just over seven months. He is therefore unlikely to be reinstated for Super Rugby but will be back in time for international matchessaid Dave Rennie to reporters in Cardiff on the sidelines of the final Test of the season against Wales.

Tupou is the fourth Wallaby to get his Achilles tendon this season after fly-half Quade Cooper, prop Harry Johnson-Holmes and third-row Rob Leota. A series “alarmingfor Australian rugby boss Andy Marinos, who is pushing for a full analysis of this Wallabies injury crisis at the end of the season.

Dave Rennie had only 25 players fit for the game against the Welsh, out of the 36 initially selected. For his second test only, Ben Donaldson should be aligned at the opening. Six other players with less than ten selections should also start. “It’s obviously disappointing pointed out Dave Rennie. There are so many injuries that we will have to look for the cause. Sometimes it’s bad luck, but some injuries may be due to what we do in training. We will then have to make adjustments.»

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