Australia’s first training camp was hit hard. Eddie Jones, the Wallabies coach, had to deal with seven last-minute changes.
Eddie Jones’ tenure got off to a rough start. The Australia coach had to make seven last-minute changes ahead of his team’s first training camp (April 17-19) ahead of the World Cup (September 8-October 28). This Saturday, Ned Hannigan, Len Igitau, David Borecki, Blake Shoop and Darcy Swain suffered concussions during the Super Rugby Pacific matches.
Pete Samu, the future Bordeaux-Pegiles player, and lanky Gleeson are also unavailable, the former having picked up an ankle injury, while Gleeson is not fully recovered from a sprained calf. Two Waratahs players, Lachlan Swinton and Isaiah Perez, and Brumbies Rhys van Neck and Rory Scott, who faced the carnage, also join the Australian squad. Finally, Harry Wilson, Matt Fessler and Ryan Smith, the Reds’ trio, will be the Wallabies’ first camp.
Eddie Jones wants this first meeting to be a great opportunity for the new conscripts: “While we think about the injured players, it gives us an opportunity to come into camp now. This camp will set the tone ahead of the Test season and we know we need a quick start.”
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