Aussie latest – Barnes may miss World Cup

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Barnes may miss World Cup – Waratahs and Wallabies utility back Berrick Barnes has announced an indefinite break from rugby and could miss the global tournament in September.

Barnes has sustained numerous head-knocks and concussions, and resultant migraines have forced him out of rugby for the time being. However, the 25-year-old still hopes to feature at the World Cup in New Zealand.

‘It’s certainly a goal of mine and something I’d love to be a part of but at the moment it’s not at the forefront of my mind,’ he said. ‘It’s about getting myself right and being able to perform exercise of a physical nature without suffering any of this sort of stuff.

‘I’m not hiding from the fact that I’ve been a bit frustrated and anxious about things and that’s probably causing some of the issues I’m having as well. So to get away from the environment just for a little bit is probably going to be pretty beneficial in that respect.’

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans said Barnes must ensure that he is well before returning to the playing field.

‘It is important that Berrick takes all of the time that he needs to overcome this issue, and that he is ready both physically and mentally, before he even thinks about playing the game again,’ Deans said.