Australia's World Cup plans take a hit

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Fullback Chris Latham is doubtful for the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France
Fullback Chris Latham is doubtful for the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France

The Wallabies World Cup chances took a hit over the weekend when incumbent Fullback, Chris Latham, seriously damaged his knee in a training session in Queensland.

Preliminary scans show that Latham, last year's Australian International player of the year, has torn both his anterior cruciate and medial ligaments and will require a full knee reconstruction, ruling him out for the entire Super 14, and leaving him in a race against time to be fit for the Rugby World Cup in September.

"We haven't got the full picture yet", Australia coach John Connolly told ABC radio on Monday.

"We have got six months, so we have to make sure we find the best rehab for him and get him back on deck but these things do take time."

"It happened on Saturday the day after he'd had a three-day camp at the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport) with us. We've got to get a full report out of it to understand exactly what happened."

Latham is Australia's second highest try scorer of all time, behind David Campese, and also holds the national record for the most tries in a single internationl. (5 Tries - Australia vs Namibia - 2003 RWC - 142-0)

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