Drew Mitchell scores a try against Ireland in the Rugby Union International at Lansdowne Road, Dublin, in November.
Drew Mitchell scores a try against Ireland in the Rugby Union International at Lansdowne Road, Dublin, in November.

Mitchell breaks jaw



WALLABY back Drew Mitchell has suffered a fracture to his jaw in a training collision in Coffs Harbour on Tuesday morning, however the 22 year old could be back in training in two weeks.

Mitchell and fellow winger Clyde Rathbone clashed heads during a contact session at the Wallabies training facility at Coffs Harbour's Novotel Pacific Bay Resort, where the team is in camp to prepare for next month's Spring Tour of Italy and the United Kingdom.

Mitchell was taken to hospital for precautionary x-ray scans after he was attended to by Wallaby medical staff at the training facility.

"The x-ray showed that Drew has suffered a fracture to his jaw," Wallaby team doctor Martin Raftery said.

Raftery said that the fracture doesn't require surgery and that Mitchell could be back on the training paddock in two weeks.

"His jaw wasn't displaced in the collision and his bite is ok, so at this point it doesn't appear that he will need surgery," he said.

"He will be kept out of contact sessions for a couple of weeks and we will review him when the squad assembles in Sydney prior to our departure for the Tour."

Mitchell will remain with the squad in Coffs Harbour until Friday, when all squad members return to their home states to continue strength programs.

The Wallabies will be holding a weights session this morning before embarking on their traditional golf day at Bonville International Golf Resort this afternoon.



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