Chisholm's World Cup 'up in smoke'
June 5, 2011
Mark Chisholm will miss the Rugby World Cup © Getty Images
Australia lock Mark Chisholm will miss the Rugby World Cup after suffering a serious knee injury.
The 29-year-old second-rower, capped 58 times by the Wallabies, ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in the Brumbies' upset 22-14 Super Rugby victory over the Reds on Saturday.
Chisholm will now undergo a knee reconstruction and must hope that the surgery is successful and allows him to take up a contract with Top 14 side Bayonne next season.
"It's devastating, it's absolutely devastating," he told the Canberra Times. "I'm in shock.
"The World Cup is up in smoke now. That's a disappointing way to end - especially because of the things I wanted to achieve this year."
Meanwhile, the Brumbies will be without Ita Vaea for next weekend's meeting with the Rebels after the No.8 copped a one-week ban for a dangerous tackle on Digby Ioane.
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