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Eales goes under the knife
Brisbane
December 31, 1999

Australia's World Cup winning skipper John Eales faces up to a month on the sidelines after undergoing surgery for a small hernia here on Thursday.

The 29-year-old lock, who led the Wallabies to World Cup glory against France in November, had been troubled by the problem since returning from the Wallabies' victorious World Cup campaign.

It was initially thought the problem would heal with rest but Queensland medical officials opted for surgery to ensure Eales, who also won the World Cup in 1991, would be ready for the Super 12 season.

"It wasn't a big operation but it will probably take between three and three-and-a-half weeks before he is fully functional again," Queensland team doctor Greg Smith said.

Queensland expect Eales to resume training in the last week of January.

Queensland resume pre-season training next Monday, striving to become the first Australian team to win the Super 12 crown after losing in the semi-finals last season.

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