Australian Rugby
Chisholm's World Cup 'up in smoke'
ESPNscrum Staff
June 5, 2011
Wallabies lock Mark Chisholm takes a pass during training, Bishops High School, Cape Town, South Africa, August 23, 2010
Mark Chisholm will miss the Rugby World Cup © Getty Images

Australia lock Mark Chisholm will miss the Rugby World Cup after suffering a serious knee injury.

The 29-year-old second-rower, capped 58 times by the Wallabies, ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in the Brumbies' upset 22-14 Super Rugby victory over the Reds on Saturday.

Chisholm will now undergo a knee reconstruction and must hope that the surgery is successful and allows him to take up a contract with Top 14 side Bayonne next season.

"It's devastating, it's absolutely devastating," he told the Canberra Times. "I'm in shock.

"The World Cup is up in smoke now. That's a disappointing way to end - especially because of the things I wanted to achieve this year."

Meanwhile, the Brumbies will be without Ita Vaea for next weekend's meeting with the Rebels after the No.8 copped a one-week ban for a dangerous tackle on Digby Ioane.

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