Wallaroos star Sarah Riordan injured in freak training mishap

Womens International
by Sarah Friend

Wallaroos vice-captain Sarah Riordan is in serious doubt for the Test match against New Zealand on Saturday after injuring her ankle in a freak accident at training on Wednesday.

Riordan, who was set to feature in the centres on Saturday, was among a group of players having fun at the end of training, attempting to do a cross-bar kicking challenge. Her Wallaroos teammate Georgia Cormick successfully hit the cross-bar and was swamped by jumping teammates, but Riordan landed awkwardly and rolled her right ankle.

As photographs captured by RUGBY.com.au’s photographer Stuart Walmsley show, medical staff immediately went to Riordan’s assistance and she was helped off the pitch for further treatment.Team officials said it was was too early to tell if the 26-year-old would be ruled out of the Wallaroos’ showdown with the Black Ferns.

Her injury will be assessed on Thursday and Friday before a final decision is made.

If Riordan missed the game, she could count herself hugely unlucky.

The truck driver for the Australian Defence Force made her Wallaroos debut in 2016 and was one of the best players in the Super W competition.

Earlier this week Riordan told RUGBY.com.au about the platform Super W helped lay ahead of the first home Wallaroos Test in a decade.

"Super W really laid a good platform for us and it makes us play at a higher level - a better level for longer," she said.

"It's just the next step which we have got to go to - it's a really big step but we aren't coming from club games - we are coming from state games now."

The Wallaroos take on the Black Ferns from 5:15pm AEST at ANZ Stadium on Saturday, 18 August. The Wallabies also host the All Blacks in the first Bledisoe Cup game, kicking off at 7:45pm AEST. LIVE on FOX SPORTS and via RUGBY.com.au RADIO. Buy tickets here.