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Australian Rugby Star Tom Banks Suffers Horrific Arm Break During Win Over England

Rory O'Callaghan

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Australian Rugby Star Tom Banks Suffers Horrific Arm Break During Win Over England

Australia rugby international Tom Banks suffered a gruesome broken arm as his side ground out a gutsy victory over England.

The Wallabies beat England 30-28 in Perth on Saturday despite playing much of the match with 14 men after lock Darcy Swain was sent off for a headbutt during the first half.

It is yet another dismal defeat for Eddie Jones' side, who have now lost four consecutive matches including an embarrassing non-Test loss to the Barbarians.

Banks suffered the injury after landing awkwardly following a high ball (Image: Alamy)
Banks suffered the injury after landing awkwardly following a high ball (Image: Alamy)

In addition to Swain, Australia lost two more players during the first half.

Allan Alaalatoa was taken off with a suspected head injury, while Banks appeared to break his arm after contesting a high ball.

The Brumbies star jumped for the ball and collided with England's Billy Vunipola, causing him to lose his balance in the air.

Banks put his hand down to cushion his fall but appeared to break his arm on landing.

Warning – graphic video below

Despite losing Banks, Swain and Alaalatoa, Australia ground out an impressive victory to take a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series.

The two sides will meet again in the second Test in Brisbane on July 9.

And England head coach Eddie Jones hasn't given up hope of a series victory despite his side's poor form.

"We had opportunities to put pressure on them and we just let them off at different stages. A couple of times we were on their line for opportunities to score and didn't,” Jones told the BBC after Saturday's defeat.

Banks appeared calm as he was taken from the field of play (Image: Alamy)
Banks appeared calm as he was taken from the field of play (Image: Alamy)

"It's painful, but we're committed to win the series 2-1.

"We were ahead 14-9 with 20 minutes to go - those sort of things can come back to bite you and they did.

"They had 10 good minutes of rugby where they scored a couple of good tries, we missed one or two tackles and we let them back into the game.

"They got a big enough lead to win."

Featured Image Credit: Sky Sports

Topics: Rugby Australia, Rugby Union, Rugby

Rory O'Callaghan
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