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Australia statement: Max Jorgensen officially ruled out of World Cup

By Josh Raisey
Max Jorgensen passes during a Wallabies training session ahead of the Rugby World Cup France 2023, at Stade Roger Baudras on September 14, 2023 in Saint-Etienne, France. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Australia have confirmed that 19-year-old fullback Max Jorgensen has been ruled out of the World Cup with a fractured fibula.

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Reports had emerged that the Waratahs star had picked up an ankle injury in training, and the Wallabies have since confirmed that the uncapped teenager is out of the rest of the tournament.

He suffered the injury on Wednesday morning in training, and scans revealed the fracture he has suffered.

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Wallabies head coach Eddie Jones said: “Firstly we’re all feeling for Max. He’s a good young man who has a massive future ahead of him in the gold jersey.”

“He’s worked really hard to come back from a serious knee injury and was training exceptionally well to put his hand up for selection.

“We wish him a speedy and successful recovery and look forward to seeing him out on the field as soon as possible.”

Jorgensen had not featured at the World Cup and was in fact still waiting for his first Wallabies cap after being one of the surprise selections in Jones’ squad.

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While it was unlikely that Sunday’s crucial fixture against Wales was going to be the match where he was first capped, the following game against Portugal seemed far more likely.

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Massive red flag raised by weakened Champions Cup teams – Andy Goode

I wonder if the problem of some teams not taking it that seriously would be helped by making performance in the champions cup count towards qualification and/or seeding in the following year’s competition. Eg. top four seeds would be winners of the URC, premiership, and top 14, plus best performing team in the previous year’s CC who have not otherwise qualified. Doing that the seedings for this years comp. would have been: Tier one: Saracens - Munster - Toulouse - la Rochelle Tier two: Sale - Stormers - Racing 92 - Leinster Tier three: Leicester - Connacht - Bordeaux - Exeter Tier four: Northampton - Ulster - Lyon - Sharks Tier five: Harlequins - Glasgow - Stade Francais - Edinburgh Tier six: Bath - Bulls - Toulon - Ospreys The competition would probably work better with fewer teams, so I’d probably favour only the first 4 tiers being invited, and then going straight to a quarter final without a round of 16. On the one hand this would possibly incentivise teams to take the champions cup seriously, and on the other it would mean that the latter stages would be more likely to involve teams that have demonstrated a willingness to take the competition seriously. The main differences between my proposed system and the actual draw is that mine would give la Rochelle a fairly easy ride to the quarters, and would either exclude the Bulls entirely or would give then an insurmountably difficult draw. As it happened Exeter got quite an easy pool draw but that was a bit of a fluke. My system would reward Exeter for being one of the teams that demonstrably devote a lot of attention to the CC by guaranteeing them a good draw.

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