Dr Michael Mclean is off to the UK as the team doctor for the Australian Schoolboys Rugby Union team.
Dr Michael Mclean is off to the UK as the team doctor for the Australian Schoolboys Rugby Union team. ROB BARICH Rugb

Doc tours with next Wallabies

BROKEN bones, torn muscles and shattered egos — these are the things Michael McLean expected to see when he took the doctor position in the Australian Schoolboys Rugby Union team.

But it was a case of the chicken pox that caused the biggest headache for McLean and his crew on last year’s tour of New Zealand and Tonga.

“It’s more than just the injuries you expect to deal with. More often than not it’s things you wouldn’t think of,” he said.

A case in point was on McLean’s tour last year when team staff made a desperate rush to clear a 17-year-old player to return to Australia after contracting chicken pox while playing in Tonga.

“They didn’t want him on the plane and we didn’t know what to do ... but we were able to get him home,” he said.

Today McLean will join the team in Sydney before going on a five-week tour to the United Kingdom to play Ireland, England and Wales.



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