Toulouse second row Rory Arnold's participation in the upcoming Rugby Championship tournament for Australia is in doubt following his latest injury setback in the recently concluded Champions Cup game against Exeter Chiefs.
The 30-year-old suffered a fractured arm in the encounter at Sandy Park where he left the field in the 23rd minute.
Arnold will undergo a scan and is expected to be on the sidelines for a considerable period which is expected to keep him out for most of the Rugby Championship tournament after Rugby Australia tweaked their eligibility laws for the remainder of the year.
“He‘s certainly a guy that’s come up in discussion (to be called up),” said Geoff Parling, who will take over as the new forwards coach for the Wallabies.
“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.”
Australia will face the All Blacks in New Zealand in back to back Bledisloe Cup matches in Wellington and Auckland on 11th and 18th October respectively before hosting the Rugby Championship tournament from 7th November.