SHAUN EDWARDS: Romain Ntamack's injury came as a shock to everyone

SHAUN EDWARDS: Romain Ntamack’s injury on the eve of the Rugby World Cup came as a shock to everyone. It is a gut wrenching feeling to lose one of your best players

  • Romain Ntamack has been ruled out of the Rugby World Cup with a knee injury 
  • The fly-half ruptured his ACL during France’s 30-27 win against Scotland 
  • France take on New Zealand in the opening game of the 2023 Rugby World Cup

Our job at the World Cup got a little bit harder after we lost Romain Ntamack to a knee injury. 

It was a shock to everyone. Fabien Galthie told everyone and it was just a total shock. We thought it was a small injury but unfortunate the cruciate is a vital part of your body. 

He had a scan and as soon as you get the images back you know what’s wrong. There’s no guess work. It was bad news.

I feel for Romain because he’s a model pro in the way he looks after his body and prepares for games. 

You could feel the whole place drop their shoulders when we found out. He’s such a popular person, as well as being a great player who controls a lot of our game.

France fly-half, Romain Ntmack (pictured), has been ruled out of the Rugby World Cup because of a knee injury 

Fabien Galthie (pictured) and his side have been in shock after losing their play-maker, but will have to find a replacement on the eve of the tournament

The No 10 (pictured) ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament during France’s 30-27 win against Scotland

He’s a calming influence on our team; kicks at the right time, passes at the right time and he’s one of the best defensive 10s in the world. He’s a big lad who likes tackling. I feel for him and I feel for his family.

It’s a gut wrenching feeling to lose one of your best players and you feel for the lad himself.

It reminded me of my first Great Britain tour in 1988. I was 21 and all my life I’d trained to go on tour of Australia. I injured my knee in the first game against Papua New Guinea and after that I had to go home. It still bothers me to this day.

Someone else is going to have to step in and we’ll just have to do our best. There’s no doubt there’s been an air of despondency around the place. It’s on us coaches now to get the players back up as quickly as possible.

France, who are set to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup, will take on New Zealand in what is set to be an electric curtain-raiser for the event


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