Contrary to reports this morning that gun flanker, Rocky Elsom, would not be available to the middle of the Tri-nations due to a knee injury, the Wallaby camp has confirmed that this is the absolute worst case scenario.
Although Elsom is expected not to play in the early domestic test series against the Italians and Frogs, he should be more than ready to roll for the first game of the Tri-nations.
Elsom sustained the injury late in his stint with Leinster and played on through pain to clinch the final of the Heiny Cup. It would no doubt upset Wallaby management that Elsom then played for the Baa-Baas against England, but when has he ever given a fuck about Wallaby management?
The crutches Rocky was sighted limping around with on Wednesday morning are precautionary only and it was confirmed to G&GR that there is no serious structural damage to the knee that will prevent him resuming full training in a couple of weeks.
Perhaps the fact that Elsom is flying around the country side promoting next weeks test in Melboune suggests the injury is not as bad as had been made out this morning.