He was planning to wear headgear and "every protectivebandage I can" to protect the three deep lacerations on his head from an alleged attackwith a smashed glass on Saturday.
Cannon had layers of stitches inserted in the wounds which starttwo or three centimetres from his left eye and continue up to the top of hisforehead. "I would not say I am angry, I think I am exceptionallyfortunate," Cannon told reporters at Waratahs' training on Monday.
"Unfortunate that it happened, but fortunate in a way theinjuries I sustained could have been a lot worse."
Cannon, 31, had been catching up with Highlanders and All Blackshooker Anton Oliver at the nightclub following the Otago-based team'sstunning 29-28 win over the Waratahs earlier that night.
It isn't the first time Cannon has a suffered serious facialinjury with the forward nearly losing his life and needing 50 stitches in hishead after a car accident in 1993.
He appeared unconcerned about opening up his new scars against theReds in a match the Waratahs must win to have any chance of making the Super12 finals. "The only risk I would take would be reopening the scars, andI have a number of scars already on my forehead," Cannon said.
"So that is the only risk that some of the scars were quitedeep and some were near the bone or near my skull, so obviously there is a
A 29-year-old man will be facing court later this month chargedwith malicious wounding and assault in connection with the incident.
Meanwhile, Wallaby fly half Stephen Larkham has signed a two-year extension of his contract with theAustralian Rugby Union in a big boost for the national side.
Larkham, who turns 30 this month, rejected large offers fromseveral overseas clubs to remain in Australia. "There is nothing better than pulling on a gold Wallabyjersey and playing for your country, so from that point of view it was an easydecision," said Larkham, the expansive playmaker for the Wallabies.
"It is a big year ahead for the Wallabies. The team will bekeen to bounce back in a big way after the disappointment of the Rugby World Cupfinal, and that's something I really want to be a part of," he said,referring to the Wallabies agonising extra-time loss to England.
Larkham has played 66 Tests, including the 1999 World Cup triumphand last year's World Cup runner-up finish and has sparkled this Super 12season with the ACT Brumbies.
Wallaby coach Eddie Jones welcomed Larkham's decision. "Stephen is a player with amazing talent and a wealth ofexperience and it's great that he's made the decision to stay in Australia,"Jones said.
"To know that you have someone with his capabilities on yourside is definitely a bonus, particularly as we are up against some impressive opponents in the coming tests."
Australia has a World Cup final rematch with England in Brisbanein June as well as two Tests against Scotland and the Tri-Nations series againstNew Zealand and South Africa scheduled for July and August.
AFP - 2004.