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Waratahs to pay for Wallaby success

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Wallabies on 5 Dec 2008 at 09:42
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The New South Wales Waratahs have paid a high price for the Wallabies’ win over the Barbarians, losing front-rowers Matt Dunning and Sekope Kepu for possibly the entire 2009 Super 14 rugby season.

Rugbyweek reports that Dunning ruptured an Achilles tendon in the final match of Australia’s European tour and faces six months on the sidelines while Kepu has torn a pectoral muscle and could have a similar period out of the game, reports said Friday. Dunning and Kepu slipped when the soft Wembley surface gave way during the same second-half scrum in the Wednesday clash.

The Waratahs, finalists in this year’s Super 14 to New Zealand’s Canterbury Crusaders, will also be without Wallaby forwards Dan Vickerman and Rocky Elsom next year as they have left for Europe.
Another Wallaby forward, number eight Wycliff Palu, is awaiting scan results on an injured shoulder and could also be ruled out for months.

New Waratahs coach Chris Hickey said while losing so much quality to injury was a blow, he was confident in his team’s ability to fill the gaps. “It’s always disappointing to see those sort of injuries,
particularly in the last game of the tour,” Hickey said Friday. “The experience we’ve lost you can’t buy unfortunately, but we’ve also got plenty of good young players who we’re confident of their ability to step up.”

The Waratahs open their 2009 Super 14 campaign against the Hurricanes in Wellington on February 14.


  • sorry, Tahs… one-way street for you this year.

    Losing Vickermann, Elsom and possibly Palu in one go? Rips the heart out of the best pack an Aussie team has produced in a decade. Losing both first-choice props just adds to the pain.

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.12.08 11:26:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • Ruptured achilles tendon is bad. 😐

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.12.08 11:29:35 by McLovin Reply

  • ‘Dunning… faces six months on the sidelines while Kepu has torn a pectoral muscle and could have a similar period out of the game’

    Surely a pec doesn’t take 6 months to heal? Unless they are growing him a new one from stem cells perhaps. But then again I have no medical training.

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.12.08 11:31:33 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 2) : yeah – I saw something suggesting this might end his career

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.12.08 11:37:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 4) : Yip, even if it heals, it doesn’t mean he’ll be able to play again. But hope it works out for the best for him.

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.12.08 11:52:49 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 3) :

    Maybe getting through all the donut layers is what will take so long, Have to fly in long tools for the operation. If it was Dunning with the injury it may have taken even longer. 😉

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.12.08 12:04:35 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : You finally found you’re way out of IKEA then? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.12.08 12:08:47 by McLovin Reply


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