Australia's Ben Alexander to miss France tour with ongoing nerve compression injury
Ben Alexander will sit out Australia's tour of France as he undergoes rehabilitation for an ongoing nerve injury.
Last Updated: 01/06/14 11:05am
The Brumbies prop had been selected for the three-Test series next month having played through the pain barrier for his club in the Super Rugby tournament in recent weeks.
However, the decision has now been taken to let the 29-year-old stay at home in a bid to regain full fitness, with Australia coach Ewen McKenzie convinced the move is in the player's best interests.
"The injury is one I understand quite well being a former tighthead prop and while not a sinister issue, it can significantly influence performance due to the impact it has on a player's overall strength," McKenzie said.
"In Ben's instance, it has been admirable to see him push through the pain at a Super Rugby level.
"However, when you consider the challenge we'll face against an extremely physical and abrasive French scrum, we all agreed it would be better suited for Ben to use the upcoming period to rehab the injury and regain his strength."
Alexander will be replaced in Australia's 32-man party by Waratahs prop Paddy Ryan who was already one of four additional training squad members.