Cordingley out of Wallabies tour



SYDNEY (AAP) The Wallabies will be without their top two halfbacks for the spring tour of Europe after Sam Cordingley withdrew yesterday.

Queenslander Cordingley, who was set to replace resting skipper George Gregan on the four-Test tour, succumbed to a persistent foot injury.

"I've given it two days (on the training paddock) and I'm still not moving the way I would like or with the confidence that I would like," Cordingley said in a statement before returning home to Brisbane.

"It's progressed slowly with treatment but at the moment it's still about 70 per cent and I had a choice to either push it and see if I got through the tour, or stay behind and get the injury properly attended to before next season.

"I don't think I could get through the training load, let alone the four Tests.

"It's time now to make some appointments with surgeons."

Waratahs recruit Josh Valentine will replace Cordingley, the 23-year-old was set to join the Wallabies in Coffs Harbour yesterday.

Cordingley first suffered the foot ligament injury, known as lisfranc, midway through the Super 14 season before recovering well enough to make a long-awaited return to Test rugby.



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