MELBOURNE, Feb 14 (Reuters) – Wallabies centre Jordan Petaia has suffered a shoulder damage throughout coaching with Tremendous Rugby aspect Queensland, elevating fears certainly one of Australia’s brightest abilities could possibly be set for an prolonged spell on the sidelines.
Petaia, who turned his nation’s youngest participant at a World Cup in Japan final 12 months, broke down in Buenos Aires on Wednesday because the Reds ready to satisfy final 12 months’s runnersup, the Jaguares, on Saturday.
The complete extent of the damage is not going to be clear for just a few days however the 19-year-old’s departure from the taking part in group to go residence for scans suggests the preliminary prognosis shouldn’t be optimistic.
“We’re gutted for Jordan,” Reds coach Brad Thorn mentioned in a group launch.
“He’ll return residence with the squad and can be checked out for additional prognosis. It’s personally irritating for him and in addition for us as a gaggle on the sector.”
Petaia’s damage is a blow for the Reds, who’re winless after two defeats on the street to the ACT Brumbies and the Johannesburg-based Lions.
It additionally comes almost a 12 months to the day that the strapping teenager suffered a season-ending foot damage through the Reds’ second match in opposition to the champion Crusaders in 2019.
Petaia recovered to earn a spot in Michael Cheika’s World Cup squad and shone on his take a look at debut on the wing in opposition to Uruguay, scoring a try to organising one other.
He additionally featured in opposition to Georgia and began at outdoors centre in opposition to England within the quarter-finals.
Rugby Australia will even be sweating on Petaia’s health, with the governing physique in determined want of fine information tales because it tries to strike a long-term broadcasting deal for Tremendous Rugby and the Wallabies’ take a look at matches.
Following the Wallabies’ quarter-final exit from Japan, the nation’s equal worst World Cup end result, three out of 4 of the nation’s Tremendous Rugby groups are winless after the opening two rounds and crowds have been poor.
Reporting by Ian Ransom; Enhancing by Peter Rutherford