Uncapped Wallabies rookie Max Jorgensen has been ruled out of the World Cup in France after the youngster fractured his leg at training, with the Australians set to bring in a medical replacement.
The youngest member of the Wallabies squad, the 19-year-old suffered the injury during a drill on Wednesday morning and was sent immediately for scans that confirmed the fracture.
Coming off a long-term knee injury, Jorgensen was a bolter in Eddie Jones’ squad but would have been in line for a Test debut against minnows Portugal in Saint-Etienne next week.
Jones said the squad was upset for the play wing/fullback, who is the son of two-Test Wallaby Peter Jorgensen.
“Firstly we’re all feeling for Max. He’s a good young man who has a massive future ahead of him in the gold jersey,” Jones said in a statement.
“He’s worked really hard to come back from a serious knee injury and was training exceptionally well to put his hand up for selection.
“We wish him a speedy and successful recovery and look forward to seeing him out on the field as soon as possible.”
He is likely to be replaced in the Wallabies squad by an Australian player who is in camp with the Barbarians, with the invitational side currently playing matches throughout the UK and Ireland.
There’s no obligation to countries to swap like for like, with South Africa this week replacing injured hooker Malcolm Marx with five-eighth Handre Pollard.
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