The Wallabies’ 5/8 Quaid Cooper has a long run after suffering an Achilles tendon tear during Australia’s 41-26 win over Argentina at Mendoza.
Cooper was one of Australia’s best players in the first half It was a Sunday morning Rugby Championship Contest match, but his Test match ended prematurely at 48 minutes.
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The veteran playmaker slipped and grabbed his foot on the turf while attacking near the Puma’s try line and rolled painfully on the turf.
He was eventually left the field by the medical staff and replaced by Reese Hodge. A Wallaby teammate comforted his 34-year-old as he limped toward the storeroom.
“I hope it’s not the Achilles heel. That’s how they do some,” former Wallabies Center Morgan Turinui told Stan Sports.
“Ruptured Achilles, that’s what those actions look like sometimes.”
Cooper, who missed Australia’s recent test series against England with a calf injury, was later spotted at Moonboots.
And the Australian star, who has put his World Cup hopes to the test, was later confirmed to have torn his Achilles tendon.
His rugby championship campaign is probably over.
Cooper joins a long list of Wallabies in the casualty ward, with Tom Banks, Andrew Kellaway, Sam Kelevy and Angus Bell also suffering injuries this season.
“We’ve had quite a few injuries, haven’t we?” Wallabies manager Dave Rennie told reporters after Australia’s 15-point win.
“We thought it would be much more clinical, so we are pleased with the outcome.
“We have a lot more to offer, but after the late changes and the loss of important in-game figures, we’re really happy with the characters we’ve shown.”
Meanwhile, Captain of the Wallabies Michael Hooper has missed Sunday’s Rugby Championship opener. Returned home for personal reasons.
James Slipper led the Australian side in his absence.
“It was hard,” Slipper said.
“For most of the game we were behind. It was a really proud moment for me and the team because I wanted to give a performance that not only the fans would be proud of, but the captain, Whoops, would be proud of. We’ve been thinking about him all day and we were playing for him tonight.”
The Wallabies next face the Pumas at the Estadio Bicentenario on Sunday, August 14, with kickoff scheduled for 5:10 am AEST.
Rugby News 2022: Wallabies 5/8 Quaid Cooper tore Achilles against Pumas
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