Stephen Moore suffers knee injury
June 7, 2014
Stephen Moore is set for scans after suffering an early knee injury © Getty Images
Stephen Moore lasted just five minutes in his first game as Wallabies captain, with fears he will miss the remainder of the three-Test series with what is believed to be a torn medial ligament in his left knee.
He injured his left knee in the opening minute of play before limping out of the first Test against France at Suncorp Stadium just four minutes later.
The 92-Test hooker was treated on the ground after falling awkwardly in making a tackle from the side against a French attacker, but he was a mere passenger as France pressured inside Australia's half before Frederic Michalak slotted a drop goal.
The new skipper, a Trojan in all 15 Tests last year, was replaced by Tatafu Polota-Nau while flanker Michael Hooper took over the captaincy duties.
"It's a little bit sore but that's just what happens," Moore said of his injury. "I'll go and have a scan know and see how it is."
Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie said Moore's injury was "definitely a medial ligament".
"What level we don't know, and being slightly older the knee is going to be a bit looser," he said. "Very disappointing for him. You don't lie in bed at night imagining that is going to happen. Tatafu Polota-Nau did a great job coming in. Solving problems is what Test rugby is all about."
Australia 50-23 France (Australia only)
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