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The ticking time bomb the Wallabies face before the Rugby World Cup

How coach Michael Cheika manages the workload of his players will be crucial to their hopes of fielding a full-strength team in Japan

It’s a harsh reality for rugby union players, but the more you play the game, the greater the chances are of sustaining an injury. In one of the toughest body contact sports on the planet, medicos have calculated a player risks injury one in every four times he takes the field. 

Wallabies captain Michael Hooper has played 80 minutes a game for the NSW Waratahs in Super Rugby and the Wallabies in Test matches this season. And it’s not just this season. He has been playing maximum minutes for the last four years, placing him in a high risk category to suffer a serious injury.

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