Folau ruled out of Waratahs clash with the Force

The Australian Rugby Union have stepped in and ruled Waratahs fullback out of the ninth round Super Rugby match against the Western Force in Perth.

The ARU made the decision following further medical advice on Folau’s throat injury that has forced him to miss the Waratahs last two matches.

The decision was made by the Australian Rugby Union’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Warren McDonald, and was based on specialist medical advice.

“Advice from our medical specialists is that Israel’s throat injury hasn’t healed to the point where it’s in his best interests to return to play tomorrow,” Dr McDonald said.

“This is a player welfare issue, which has been the focus of all medical staff involved in this difficult decision, and we’ll continue to work on the plan for his return as soon as possible.”

The Australian Rugby Union’s Chief Medical Officer takes all medical advice
into consideration – including evidence from team doctors and external
specialists – before making a decision about a player’s fitness
to return to play.

Folau is Super Rugby’s leading try scorer and without their star fullback the
Waratahs have struggled to cross the tryline as they have only scored two tries
in their last two matches.

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