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Seattle Saracens lock and back row Matt Trouville has suffered a ruptured patella tendon, which will likely eliminate him from selection contention for the entireity of the Americas Rugby Championship. He was the only capped lock or back row veteran available for the whole competition.
"Tore my patella tendon yesterday and now my kneecap is just chillin' on my femur," Trouville posted on Facebook. "Lucky I'm a quick healer...thanks for all the well wishes everyone."
The Eagles were already thin in this player group, but Trouville's injury makes them scarily so. Front line overseas pros Cam Dolan and Greg Peterson are available for just the Argentina game and will likely start in the second row. Todd Clever and a trio of debutants will make up the back row in that game. It's the other four games which will present a problem.
Trouville was likely going to be leaned on in the second row for the bulk of the ARC. For Canada, the only lock options are Clever, David Tameilau and Ben Landry. For Chile, Brodie Orth offers another body. For Uruguay and Brazil, Clever becomes unavailable, leaving just three lock options.
It's unclear who is out there for the coaching staff to pull in. Hayden Smith has retired and a number of other capped and uncapped potentials were initially unavailable.