Wallaby lock Rob Simmons has played down a wrist injury as the Wallabies return home to ready themselves for an epic showdown with the All Blacks at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium on August 8.
Simmons had his wrist heavily strapped on the flight home after injuring it in a an early carry during the 34-9 win over the Pumas in the Argentinian city of Mendoza.
But the influential line-out general said he was in no danger of missing the August 8 Bledisloe Cup opener, which also doubles as a final of The Rugby Championship with both teams undefeated through two rounds.
The Wallabies can scarcely afford to be without Simmons, who produced a crucial turnover in the line-out against Los Pumas and has become an influential member of the forward pack heading towards the World Cup.
He said he would go for scans but it would only be to determine the best way to manage the injury rather than decide his immediate playing future.
“I just went ball carrying and came out of the ruck with a really sore wrist. I strapped it up at halftime and finished the game. It’s just a little bit sore,” Simmons said.
“He (team doctor Mike Cadogan) said we’ll put it in this position to take the pressure of the tendons and will go and get a scan when I get home, see if there’s any damage. But with the strength of it all, there will be no missing training or anything like that. It’s just a matter of how to strap it.”
The Wallabies touch down in Sydney on Tuesday afternoon and will head back to their respective states before returning to Sydney on Sunday to prepare for the All Blacks.
Coach Michael Cheika would love the services of both Simmons and Michael Hooper, who must find his way around a SANZAR judiciary hearing on Wednesday to see if he can suit up.
He will name an expanded squad on Thursday set to include a number of fresh faces, while there could be further additions over the weekend if lock Kane Douglas finalises his imminent signing with the Queensland Reds.
Simmons said the squad was counting down the days until the Bledisloe.
“It’s going to be huge. It sets up the rest of the year. We haven’t been in this position since 2011. We’re looking forward to it,” he said.
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