This is our Rugby World Cup Injuries page where we will update you with all the injuries to players likely to be involved in Japan.

Rugby World Cup Injuries

Welcome to our 2019 Rugby World Cup Injuries page where we will update you with all the injuries to players who could miss the World Cup.

With the tournament fast approaching coaches are already looking towards making sure their star players will be fit and available for the tournament, however injuries can strike at any time, and below is a list of players who have ailments that could see them out of the World Cup or struggle to be fit for it.

If there any players we have missed, do not hesitate to let us know via our social media channels but please bare in mind that this list will constantly be updated as injury news is released.

Rugby World Cup Injuries


Ireland had several injuries before the tournament like Joey Carberry, Sean O’Brien, Dan Leavy.

Against Scotland in their first game Bundee Aki picked up a facial injury whilst Peter O’Mahoney also had to go off for treatment. Both are expected to return quickly.


In a dour game, Hamish Watson picked up a serious knee injury against the Irish. It looks like he will miss the rest of the tournament.







New Zealand

Luke Jacobson will definitely miss the tournament after showing concussion symptoms. He has been replaced in the squad by Shannon Frizell.

Brodie Retallick dislocated his shoulder before the tournament and is expected to miss the group stages.

South Africa

Trevor Nyakane looks to have picked up a serious knee injury. We are yet to confirm how long he will be out for.







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Despite being named in the World Cup squad, both Mako Vunipola and Jack Nowell will miss half of England’s pool stage matches thanks to hamstring and ankle injuries respectively.

Additionally Luke Cowan-Dickie, Joe Launchbury and Kyle sinckler also picked up minor injuries recently but they are expected to recover in time for the tournament.


Wesley Fofana has unfortunately had to pull out of the tournament after suffering a thigh injury.










Fly-half Gareth Anscombe suffered a knee injury in the first World Cup warm-up match against England and will miss the tournament as a result. It has been reported as an Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury.

Rhys Patchell picked up a head injury in the second Test against Ireland but is expected to return quickly.

Another man who is definitely out of the tournament is Taulupe Faletau who has injured his clavicle.




Peceli Yato failed an HIA test whilst playing Australia. It is not known how long he will be out for.



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If there are any players we have missed please do not hesitate to let us know. Simply follow Rugby World on Facebook and Twitter, leave a comment and we will look to update this page regularly.