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Mitchell set to miss World Cup

Drew Mitchell looks set to miss Australia's World Cup bid after sustaining a fractured leg and a dislocated ankle in the Waratahs' 19-15 Super Rugby loss to the Queensland Reds on Saturday.

The in-form winger, who has scored 27 tries in his 55 Tests for the Wallabies, was stretchered from the Suncorp Stadium pitch midway through the first half, after colliding with Reds number eight Scott Higginbotham.

"Drew will be gone for the year," said Waratahs coach Chris Hickey. "I'm not a doctor so I couldn't comment [on whether he'll miss the World Cup], but it's a pretty significant injury."

He added: "His form this year has been outstanding. To lose a quality player like him just seems to add to the list that we've seemed to accumulate this year."

The severity of Mitchell's injury was immediately visible, the three-quarter screamed out in agony with his right foot pointing in the opposite direction to his body, and even hardened skipper Phil Waugh admitted the sight had been disturbing.

"I think it probably rattled anyone who saw it. It's disappointing. You don't like to see that type of injury to anyone anywhere in the world playing any sort of sport. It was a nasty injury," said Waugh.


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