MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Talented young Wallabies centre Jordan Petaia has been ruled out of their final World Cup warmup against Samoa with a hamstring injury, Rugby Australia said on Wednesday.
The uncapped 19-year-old tweaked his hamstring attempting a diving tackle in training at the Wallabies’ camp in New Caledonia on Wednesday and would return to Australia for treatment, the governing body said https://www.rugby.com.au/news/2019/08/28/rugby-world-cup-noumea-camp-petaia-injury on its website.
“While officials are confident he will be fit for the World Cup, the Wallabies are taking the cautious route with the rising star given his injury-riddled recent history,” the report said.
Highly regarded Petaia, the only uncapped player in Michael Cheika’s squad, was expected to be given a run in the farewell test against Samoa in Sydney on Sept. 7.
Petaia missed out on his test debut last year when he was a late withdrawal from the team that beat Italy.
The Queensland Reds back missed most of the Super Rugby season with a foot injury.
(Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Peter Rutherford)