It’s Official, Alex Rance Has Ruptured His ACL & Is Out For The AFL Season

Bloody shocking news for Richmond fans this morning as last night’s worst fears have now been confirmed: star defender Alex Rance has ruptured his ACL and is now out for the remainder of the just-begun AFL men’s season.

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Scans confirmed the 29-year-old five-time All Australian had done his knee in the worst possible way after landing awkwardly in a marking contest during the third quarter of last night’s season opening clash against Carlton.

Clearly in significant pain, Rance was helped off the ground and assessed by medical staff in the Richmond rooms and took no further part in the game.

Post-match, an emotional Rance was tearfully embraced by teammate Jack Riewoldt in moving scenes as the Tigers left the ground; Rance was playing in his 200th career game, while Riewoldt was notching up 250, in what was supposed to be a celebration of their respective careers.

In a short interview with Channel Seven, Rance seemed resigned to the worst possible outcome, but remained upbeat and thankful for the club’s famed culture and camaraderie.

I will find out the severity, initial signs don’t look too good, but I’m in a great team, we’ve got a great culture, I don’t have too much to be sad about.

I am just so pumped to be a part of this team, I love it.

Coach Damian Hardwick noted that, despite winning the game, the mood in the rooms afterwards was bleak, with a number of players in tears.

Rance will consult a surgeon and will likely undergo a full knee reconstruction in the coming days, which will put him on the sidelines until at least Round 1 next year.

You hate to see it happen like that, particularly in round one. No matter what you reckon about the Tigers, no one needs this to happen to them.

Heal up soon, Rancey.