The Wallabies will be sweating on confirmation from France after Rory Arnold reportedly suffered a fractured right-arm which could put him in doubt for the Rugby Championship.
The 30-year-old, who played for Australia in the World Cup last year, was expected to be called-up by new coach Dave Rennie after Rugby Australia tweaked their eligibility laws for 2020 for Aussies playing overseas.
Arnold, who has played 26 Tests was one of the key men Rennis wanted to have available, but he couldn’t finish Toulouse‘s 28-18 loss to Exeter in the European Champions Cup semi-final and reports surfaced he had a fracture arm.
If that’s confirmed, it‘s likely that he would miss the majority of The Rugby Championship which gets underway on November 7 and runs until December 12.
“He‘s certainly a guy that’s come up in discussion (to be called up),” new Wallabies forwards coach Geoff Parling said on Monday from camp in Christchurch.
“We‘re definitely aware of it. I watched the game, so I saw him go off holding his shoulder.
“Obviously it takes a bit of time to get the very specific details so we have an idea of what it might be but we still need a bit more info as to how long (he will be sidelined).
“It‘s unfortunate for Rory, he’s certainly someone that’s come into discussion about joining us for that Rugby Championship but now we’ll just reassess.”
Parling wasn‘t ruling the towering second-rower out of Wallaby calculations but it’s unlikely Rennie would recall a player who will be unavailable until the third of six Tests, at the very earliest.
“I think with these guys, they absolutely love playing. As long as you can give them a gradual intro – so they get 20 minutes off the bench to start with – I certainly think he‘d be ready.”