Australia's James Slipper likely to miss World Cup opener against Georgia

James Slipper sustained a foot injury
James Slipper sustained a foot injury

Australia are likely to be without their most experienced player James Slipper for the Rugby World Cup opener against Georgia to be played at Stade de France on Saturday.

Slipper, who has played 131 times for the Wallabies was named the side's co-captain at the start of the Rugby Championship along with Michael Hooper before eventually losing his place to Angus Bell with Will Skelton taking over the captaincy.

The 34-year-old, who is currently sidelined with a foot injury already missed their last warm-up clash against France with head coach Eddie Jones indicating that he is unlikely to be part of the selection for the clash against Georgia.

“At this stage, definitely touch and go for Georgia, he’s got a tendon problem in his foot,” Jones told reporters.

“We believe we’ve got that under control and he’ll be back on the paddock after Georgia.”

Jordan Uelese and Pone Fa’amausili are also in doubt for the game against Georgia due to a knee and calf injury respectively and Jones is hopeful of overcoming the setback.

“We’ve got a few out but every team in the world has got that at the moment,” said Jones.

“It’s just a matter of good rehab, good recovery and get them back on the field as quickly as we can.”