30 Jul 2011

Australian prop makes bold bid for World Cup

1:46 pm on 30 July 2011

The Wallabies prop Benn Robinson has made his first tentative running steps in his bold bid to make a surprise comeback for the Rugby World Cup.

Robinson's joined Australia's extended Test squad in camp on the Gold Coast and underwent fitness testing on his injured knee this afternoon.

The 42-Test front-rower ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament just 17 days ago but has bypassed a knee reconstruction and is holding on to a slim chance, at best, of recovering quickly enough to play in the World Cup.

The Wallabies medical staff will assess Robinson again on the weekend after he has a second run on Saturday but aren't expected to make a World Cup ruling until later weeks.