NSW Waratahs fullback Israel Folau has been left 'frustrated' after being ruled out of Saturday night's match against the Western Force in Perth, following further medical advice regarding his throat injury.
A statement released by the Australian Rugby Union late on Friday evening said the decision was made by the organisation's Chief Medical Officer Dr Warren McDonald, based on specialist advice.
“Advice from our medical specialists is that Israel’s throat injury hasn’t healed to the point where it’s in his best interests to return to play tomorrow night,” Dr McDonald said.
Folau responded on Twitter with the lone word "frustrated", before controversially retweeting a follower's response, which read, "ARU is a joke. Can't run your own joint leave others alone & don't bullshit about medical issues when not asked".
The ARU statement went on to say, “this is a player welfare issue, which has been the focus of all medical staff involved in this difficult decision, and we’ll continue to work on the plan for his return as soon as possible.”
The ARU’s Chief Medical Officer takes all medical advice into consideration – including evidence from team doctors and external specialists – before making a decision about a player’s fitness to return to play.