Rugby news: Only 25 players available as Wallabies manager Dave Rennie promises review of crippling injury rate

Dave Rennie is confident Wallabies steamroller Taniela Tupou will be back from injury in time for next year’s World Cup and promises an overview of the causes of Rugby Australia’s colossal casualty list.

Tupou suffered a torn Achilles tendon against Ireland on Sunday and four other Wallabies were injured in the 13-10 defeat in Dublin.

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With former captain Michael Hooper recently out with a concussion, nine players have now been sent home to recover from a horror European tour that also included one-point defeats by France and Italy.

Despite Tupou’s gloomy prognosis, Rennie allayed fears that the prop enforcer would miss September’s World Championship.

“Recovery time (is) more than seven months so it’s unlikely he’ll be back in time for Super (rugby) but he’ll be back in time for the internationals,” the manager said on Friday.

Injured Wallabies icon Taniela Tupou is expected back for Rugby World Cup 2023. Recognition: Jacob Ross/AAP

The New Zealander vowed to conduct a review into the causes of the casualty glut but dismissed claims Tupou’s injury was the result of overwork.

“Obviously it’s disappointing,” Rennie said.

“Given the many injuries we have, we will look closely at what caused some of them.

“Some are unlucky and others if it’s something we do as part of our program, we have to adapt.”

A plus point for Rennie was the ability to bleed players with valuable first-team minutes.

“There’s no doubt that we have a bit of time in the group that’s playing and they’re not unfamiliar with what we’re trying to do,” he said.

“Injuries have created opportunities and that gives a chance to add more depth and competition for places.”

Five-eighter Ben Donaldson will earn his first international start when the Wallabies take on Wales in the fifth and final game of their spring tour on Sunday (AEDT).

“He’s training really well, he’s different and we want to find out what it’s like under the blowtorch,” Rennie said of the 23-year-old.

Taniela Tupou bursts past Stephen Varney of Italy during the autumn international match between Italy and Australia. Recognition: Timothy Rogers/Getty Images

Also in his first game will be 21-year-old Langi Gleeson, while propman Sam Talakai could win his first international from the bench.

With just 25 fit players to choose from, lock Darcy Swain and propsman Matt Gibbon were the only two to miss in the Cardiff Test at the end of the tour.

“We have a Murphy’s Law group where we turn people in if there’s a chance someone might fall on a Friday or during the warm-up so that others know their roles clearly and can step in,” Rennie said.

“There’s no doubt we have a bit of time in the group that’s playing and they’re not unfamiliar with what we’re trying to do.

“Injuries have created opportunities and that gives a chance to add more depth and competition for places.”

– AAP

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