Wallaby Coleman heads home

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 08:15

INJURY UPDATE: Australia have lost lock Adam Coleman for the rest of their end-of-year tour.

The 25-year-old left the field with a knee injury after only five minutes during his team's narrow 23-22 win over Scotland last weekend and scans have revealed that he suffered a grade two medial ligament strain.

"Adam's got an injury that’s going to rule him out of the rest of the tour," Wallabies coach Michael Cheika told rugby.com.au.

"I think it's a grade two medial strain, so we'll get him home and get him healed and then he can have a holiday before next season starts.

"It's bit of a shame for him because he's had a really good start to the year and he's worked his way through since June but in saying that it gives someone else an opportunity."

Cheika said it was an unfortunate turn of events for Coleman, but said the positive was that they had seen his potential this season.

"There's two ways to look at it," he said.

"There's discovery, so we've been able to find, get those two guys playing good rugby and starting to improve at this level and we've also got ourselves another very, very handy line-out caller and he's only in single digit Tests.

"He's got a good future, he's got to keep working on it, there's no doubt about that, he knows that

"He's disappointed, but that's the way footy goes sometimes, you’ve just got to go with it."

Meanwhile, Cheika added eight new faces to his touring party ahead of a Test against France on Saturday, as well as a tour game against the French Barbarians the following Thursday in Bordeaux.

Three uncapped players will be welcomed for the week in Paris - with Western Force utility Jono Lance to join the touring party alongside Melbourne Rebels scrumhalf Nic Stirzaker and Queensland Reds hooker Andrew Ready.

Toby Smith and Paddy Ryan will add to the props stocks while Taqele Naiyaravoro and Luke Morahan bolster the outside backs.

Brumbies lock Sam Carter also joins the group as he looks to add to his 13 Wallabies caps.

Additional Australian touring party members: Sam Carter, Jono Lance, Luke Morahan, Taqele Naiyaravoro, Andrew Ready, Paddy Ryan, Toby Smith, Nic Stirzaker.

Source: rugby.com.au