Rugby-Wallabies centre Foketi in hospital after training injury

  • Rugby
  • Thursday, 22 Feb 2024

FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union - Rugby World Cup 2023 - Pool C - Australia v Portugal - Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Etienne, France - October 1, 2023 Australia's Lalakai Foketi in action with Portugal's Thibault de Freitas REUTERS/Paul Childs/File Photo

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Wallabies centre Lalakai Foketi was taken to hospital on Thursday after injuring his neck in training in a blow to the New South Wales Waratahs on the eve of the new Super Rugby Pacific season.

The 29-year-old, who played in Australia's ill-fated campaign at last year's World Cup, received lengthy treatment by medical staff at the team's training ground before being taken to a Sydney hospital by ambulance.

"The club is awaiting the results from the scans and Foketi's family are with him in hospital," the Waratahs said in a statement.

Foketi had been named at inside centre in the Waratahs' starting side for their season-opener against the Queensland Reds at Brisbane's Lang Park on Saturday.

(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, editing by Peter Rutherford)

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