Folau puts Cheika in hospital

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 08:43
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NEWS: Israel Folau is the player responsible for Michael Cheika's shoulder operation days out from the Wallabies' departure for their end-of-year tour to Europe. 

Cheika injured his shoulder after a collision with Folau during a training session before their Bledisloe Cup match against the All Blacks two weeks ago.

The Wallaby coach did not travel with the rest of the squad to Europe last Friday after he was advised to undergo shoulder surgery. He has since linked up with his squad in the UK.

Cheika kept quiet on the identity of the player who injured him until scrumhalf Nick Frisby let it slip during a live-stream with rugby.com.au from the Australian Rugby awards ceremony on last Thursday.

"Cheik's not telling anyone who hurt his shoulder," said former Wallabies hooker Adam Freier, who was conducting the interview. "Was it any of you blokes who tackled him?" 

"I'm happy to give it away," Frisby said. "It obviously wasn't me at 80 kilos. It was big Israel Folau. Came down on him on a high ball ... I think Cheik's lucky it wasn't me; he probably would have done both shoulders." 

Source: Sydney Morning Herald