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    Latham's Cup in tatters

    Terrible news coming out of Queensland but the door opens for Shepherd and Mitchell.

    Latham's Cup in tatters

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    Wallabies fullback Chris Latham's World Cup preparations are in tatters after preliminary scans revealed he has torn both his anterior cruciate and medial ligaments.

    Latham suffered the injury in a training session on Saturday and his worst fears have been confirmed with the strong likelihood he will undergo a knee reconstruction in the next few weeks.

    It is a massive blow for both the Wallabies and the Reds. He will consult a specialist on Wednesday and should he undergo the operation, he would miss the entire Super 14 season, and the World Cup in France and Wales, which starts in September.

    Latham has played in the past two World Cups in 1999 and 2003, and was awarded the John Eales Medal in 2006. He has represented Australia 72 times.

    He has been one of the Reds' most dominant players of the decade, winning the Super 12 Player of the Year award three times and playing 80 times for Queensland and 10 times for New South Wales.

    Latham in doubt for World Cup

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    Wallabies full-back Chris Latham could be forced to miss this year's World Cup in France after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his knee at a Queensland Reds' training session on Saturday.

    Latham requires a knee reconstruction and has been ruled out of the entire Super 14 season.

    Wallabies coach John Connolly said although Latham faced a lengthy rehabilitation, he was still hopeful the 31-year-old would be available for the World Cup.

    "We haven't got the full picture yet," he said.

    "He's seeing Peter Morris, a specialist, again on Wednesday but yes he has to have his ACL done and it is very disappointing.

    "We have got six months, so we have to make sure we find the best rehab for him and get him back on deck but these things do take time."

    Connolly said he would be requesting an explanation from the Reds as to how the injury occurred.

    "We're going to ask for a report out of Queensland how it happened cause he was in the 22 RPA group supposedly staying out of all contact," he said.

    "It happened on Saturday the day after he'd had a three-day camp at the AIS with us. We've got to get a full report out of it to understand exactly what happened."

    Major injury to Latham in training

    Monday, January 8, 2007
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    Australia's World Cup prospects have been dealt a shattering blow due to a serious knee injury to Wallabies fullback Chris Latham.

    Preliminary scans have found Latham tore both his anterior cruciate and medial ligaments at Queensland Reds training on Saturday.

    The Reds say early reports indicate Latham will require a knee reconstruction and will be out for the entire Super 14 season.

    Latham will visit a specialist on Wednesday.

    AAP

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    The quickest I've ever seen anyone come back was 9 months and usually it's at least 12 month recovery. That's too bad I hope he recovers fully.

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    He'd be especially spewing having had to watch while Rogers played the last Final in Sydney

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    bugger well this means a force player sheps or mitchell get a start?

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    Door is open for Shep and Mitchell, I notice that they were pushing Clinton Shicofske (or however you spell his bloody name!) in the Fox article, without mentioning that there are a fwe fullbacks who have already played a bit of union...
    I'm not saying he's not going to be good, but lets wait until he has actually played against some quality opposition and seen what he's made of before we put him in the wallabies!

    But a HUGE blow for the Wallabies, Latho is pretty much un-replaceable. Not just for his skills but the passion he brings to the Wallabies, he just seems to be able to provide the spark to lift the boys when they need it... He will be sorely missed.

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    One door closes and another opens for more Western Wallabies!!

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    Hes out even if he does play he will be Unfit and useless.

    Bring in Drew Mitchell or Clinton Schifoski i reckon he'll star this year for the reds

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    Bugger, by far my favourite back in the Wallabies at the moment, damn shame...Could be a conspiracy with Eddie setting out to sabotage the campaign...Remember, he shouldn`t have been doing any contact drills...???

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    Bad news all round for a champion player, and us. Shep 15, Mitchell wing. Sorted.

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    that's gonna hurt us bar some miracle recovery before September.

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    On face value I would definitely agree with you Happy however history shows that often when the young guns are given a shot without fear of being dropped for the incumbent they often surpass their predecessor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frontrow
    Bugger, by far my favourite back in the Wallabies at the moment, damn shame...Could be a conspiracy with Eddie setting out to sabotage the campaign...Remember, he shouldn`t have been doing any contact drills...???
    Eddie Jones for the England job once they screw up another 6 Nations campaign & fire Brian Ashton's a*se????!!!!!

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    The brainiacs at Rugby Heaven are at it again!
    Here's their poll choices posted tonight!

    Who should be the Wallabies fullback in Chris Latham's absence?

    • Mark Gerrard
    • Peter Hewat
    • Drew Mitchell
    • Clinton Schifcofske
    • Mat Rogers


    Let's not put up the ex-Tahs form reserve Fullback in Shepherd but how about putting up someone who no longer even plays the code!
    The mind boggles

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