The Qantas Wallabies will be without captain Stephen Moore for the 2014 season and lock Sam Carter for the remainder of the Castrol EDGE France Tour following injuries they sustained in last night’s 50-23 victory over France.
In an unfortunate set of circumstances, Moore has been diagnosed with a torn ACL in his left knee, which will require surgery and keep him on the sideline for the remainder of the year.
Carter also underwent scans last night, where he was ruled out of the remainder of the current three-game Test series against France with a syndesmosis injury to his left ankle.
He will commence his rehabilitation immediately with a view to returning to the playing field during the later stages of the ACT Brumbies’ Super Rugby campaign. A decision on replacements into the Qantas Wallabies 32-man squad will be made later today.
Qantas Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie sympathised with Moore and Carter.
“We all witnessed during the week just how passionate Stephen and Sam are about representing their country, so it’s disappointing on a personal level to lose them through injury after just one game,” McKenzie said. “For Stephen, I couldn’t have been more pleased by how he carried himself as our captain during the week, and with the contributions he was making on behalf of the team. I wish him the best with his rehabilitation.
“He’ll work hard to get his knee right and will play a major role in our preparations for the Rugby World Cup in 2015. “For Sam, he’s now got a taste of what Test Rugby is all about, and I’ve got no doubts he’ll continue to work hard to be available when we select our Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship squad next month.”