The Rugby World Cup Injury List
With the World Cup only 28 days away, we have compiled a list of the biggest players who will either miss the tournament completely or are racing to prove their fitness.
Having injured his knee and undergone surgery last May, Aaron Cruden will definitely miss the World Cup. The fly half was in line to challenge Dan Carter for a starting spot, but will have to make do with watching the tournament from his living room.
Although Naholo remains in contention to make New Zealand’s stand by list, he will not be available to return to action until after the tournament begins on September 18. The winger suffered a leg fracture while making his debut against Argentina in the Rugby Championship.
Given his ball carrying ability and adaptability, Vermeulen is a major concern for the the Springboks. Although the number eight had surgery on his neck last month, Vermeulen is still rated as a doubt for the World Cup. Despite some positive noises coming out the South African camp, his lack of game time could remain a concern.
Although Ireland are giving Healy every opportunity to prove his fitness ahead of the World Cup, he very much remains a doubt. Healy’s ball carrying ability and scrummaging power saw him included in the Lions squad in 2013, and his loss would represent a blow to Ireland’s chances.
While other players could be included in this list, Samson Lee’s importance to Wales cannot be understated. Without the Scarlets prop, the Welsh scrum will be in huge difficulty and will make it even more difficult for Wales to qualify from their World Cup pool. With Adam Jones retired, Warren Gatland will be hoping that Lee recovers from the ruptured Achilles he suffered during the Six Nations.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena
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