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Unanswered questions in Wallabies injury curse

Morgan Turinui says Rugby Australia must find a way to improve its high performance program after a horrific injury toll that has exposed a lack of depth in the Wallabies.

Michael Hooper, Taniela Tupou, Rob Valetini, Hunter Paisami, Dave Porecki, Andrew Kellaway and Nic White were all ruled out of Sunday’s (2.15am AEDT kick-off) season-ending Test against Wales, joining an already crowded casualty ward.

“There have been 50 players used this year and I think about 50 last year as well,” former Wallaby Morgan Turinui said on Rugby Heaven on Stan Sport.

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Taniela Tupou of Australia is taken from the pitch to receive medial attention.

“Something in the mid-40s around individual incidents with players that resulted in the missing of a game. I think there’s an element of bad luck.

“There’s an element of it’s a collision sport. There’s an element also that we’re treating concussion, finally, starting to as we should so the players have been withdrawn from matches from concussion issues as well. So that will add to that number naturally as opposed to historically.”

The most alarming injuries are serious Achilles tendon setbacks to Quade Cooper, Taniela Tupou, Rob Leota and Harry Johnson-Holmes.

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“If you’re the Wallaby staff, if you’re Rugby Australia, you need to find some wins there, some gains in reducing that number,” Turinui said.

“If it’s 45 missed (games) incidents, get down to the 30s. Get down as much as you can.

“There are learnings, there are opportunities to improve your program. I’m sure that’s what they’ll do. They’ve also had some issues around personnel and that’s seen people coming in and out of the program. It hasn’t been the same person leading the high performance program right through the years.”

Sean Maloney and Morgan Turinui return to delve into all the Autumn Nation Series results as well as reviewing the RWC qualifying results and World Rugby Awards

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Wallabies legend Tim Horan wasn’t interested in speculating on why the injuries had occurred but said they had badly exposed Dave Rennie’s squad.

Australia has won just four of their 13 Tests this year and have dropped to eighth in the world rankings.

“The only problem I’ve got is that we all thought that the Wallabies had better depth and it wasn’t shown there against Italy,” Horan said.

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“But the injuries are an issue and you’re right, they just need to address it and see how they can change it. The big ones are to Quade Cooper, Taniela Tupou and Samu Kerevi.

“They’re the three big names that everyone’s hoping they’re going to be back for Rugby World Cup next year.”

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