Wallabies beef up for Boks

David Lyons and Sean Hardman were called into the Australian rugby squad on Sunday, ahead of their Tri-Nations showdown with South Africa in Sydney this coming Saturday, after No.8 Wycliff Palu and hooker Stephen Moore sustained injuries in the 20-15 victory over New Zealand at the weekend.

Palu’s World Cup hopes are in doubt after sustaining a nerve problem in his shoulder which could sideline him for a number of months. It is a re-occurring injury for the back row forward, which has put him out of action for lengthy stints over the past two years.

Palu was replaced at half-time, when Australia were trailing 15-6, by Stephen Hoiles who had an outstanding game and was prominent in the Wallabies’ comeback. Hoiles could start against South Africa in Sydney on Saturday.

Moore injured his sternum early in the second half and was replaced by Adam Freier. Freier could wear the No.2 jersey if Moore fails to recover in time to play the Springboks.

Scrum-half and former captain George Gregan suffered a leg cork injury and is in some doubt to play this coming Saturday, but the Wallabies hope he should be fit to play.

All three Tri-Nations teams are level on five points at the halfway mark of the competition, following Australia’s first defeat of the All Blacks in three years.

However, the Wallabies top the standings with a points differential of +2, followed y the All Blacks on ) and the Boks on -2.

 

365 Digital

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