Australia’s injured XV is absurdly good
As far as injury lists go, you will be hard pushed to find one as long and as impressive as Australia’s at the moment, as they are coming close to having an XV that could rival any team if fit.
August has been a bad month so far for Dave Rennie and his squad, with some of his star players sustaining long term injuries. Centre Samu Kerevi is out long term with an ACL injury sustained while representing Australia Sevens at the Commonwealth Games, while Quade Cooper ruptured his Achilles against Argentina last Saturday.
Already going into the first round of the Rugby Championship captain Michael Hooper pulled out due to personal reasons, while tighthead Allan Ala’alatoa has done the same thing ahead of the the two sides’ round two meeting as well.
These four are just a small part of the staggering injury list the Wallabies have. This list is actually so long that Reg Roberts recently compiled an ‘Out XV’ on Twitter, and it is full of players the could easily start for the Wallabies. In fact, the only position that has not been decimated so far this year is the No9 slot.
Take a look at the team:
1 Angus Bell
2 Dave Porecki
3 Allan Ala’alatoa
4 Izack Rodda
5 Cadeyrn Neville
6 Ned Hanigan
7 Michael Hooper
8 Lachie Swinton
10 Quade Cooper
11 Andrew Kellaway
12 Samu Kerevi
13 Hunter Paisami
14 Izaia Perese
15 Tom Banks
Scrumhalves the toughest Wallabies it would be seem.
An ‘Out XV’
— Reg Roberts (@RugbyReg) August 10, 2022
Despite this injury list, the Wallabies currently sit at the top of the Rugby Championship table after their 41-26 win thanks to the five tries that they scored. Meanwhile, South Africa sit one place and one point behind them due to the fact that they only scored two tries against the All Blacks, therefore missing out on the bonus point.