Shepherd recovering well from broken leg


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Force and Australia full back Cameron Shepherd is recovering well from the broken leg he picked up against France on July the 6th and is off his crutches.

For the past seven weeks Shepherd has not been able to do much as he has been confined to using crutches. Prior to the accident he had hopes of becoming the first choice Wallaby fullback.

Having been on crutches for six weeks Shepherd realised he could no longer take the simple things in life for granted.

‘The six weeks on crutches just felt like an eternity,’ Shepherd told AAP.

‘I couldn’t do anything, I couldn’t carry anything and life got a bit grim, but I’m out of that now, walking around and definitely looking forward to seeing a bit of improvement.

‘At the moment I’m not pushing myself, the plan would be to come back for Super 14 next year and be fit and healthy by the time that comes around.’

Shepherd who still has a moon boot on says that watching the Wallabies do so well in the Tri-Nations has been a bittersweet experience.

‘That’s probably the hardest thing,’ he said.

‘It’s so nerve-racking because I know how important these games are and I look back and think ‘God, I wish I could be out there and playing with them’.

‘I’m just so proud they’re doing so well and so proud Robbie’s been able to bring them together and turn Australian rugby from being so nervous and worried about the way we were playing into just passionate, carefree players.

‘It’s really great to see.’

24-year-old Shepherd isn’t the only one at the Force that has been cut down by injury as Utility back Scott Staniforth (knee), Sam Wykes (shoulder) and Caleb Brown (hamstring) have all been forced home from the Force’s development tour of the UK.

Staniforth went under the surgeon’s knife but was confident he could resume running in four to five weeks.

But with this being the third operation on his troublesome left knee in the past 12 months, Staniforth, who wanted to use the UK tour to play himself back into Wallabies contention, said he would be taking no risks with his comeback plan this time around.

‘If it was the first time I had done it I would have tried to get back for the Wallaby tour, which is only five, six weeks away, but I’m not going to try to rush it for that,’ Staniforth said.

‘I’m probably just going to take it a bit slower this time.

‘Last time I had the operation (during the Super 14 season) I tried to really rush back and get back into playing football.

‘This time I’m just gong to take it slowly and try to get it right for next year.’

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