Folau and Horn in doubt for Australia’s clash with Wales

Israel Folau could miss this weekend's pool decider

Australian fullback Israel Folau in in doubt for the Wallabies Rugby World Cup pool decider against Wales at Twickenham due to an injury.

The Waratahs fullback was replaced in the 66th minute of the Wallabies match against England with an ankle injury and missed training on Tuesday morning.

Australia have another doubt for their match against Wales as wing Rob Horne also missed training with a shoulder injury and is in doubt to face Wales.

The Wallabies could also be without flanker Michael Hooper who has been cited for an alleged act of foul play or shoulder charge on Mike Brown at the end of the first half.

“I think (we are) optimistic,” Australia’s assistant coach Stephen Larkham told the BBC of Hooper being cleared.

“We’re aware there is a process that has to be taken, you know (it is) nervous times for everyone but we’re confident in the process.

“I guess we’ve got a squad of 31, we’ve got a couple of excellent players waiting for their chance in Ben McCalman and Sean McMahon.”

“Both have played really well in the tournament so far but Michael has had a tremendous tournament. It’s hard to replace someone like that but these guys are really to go.”

Larkham said that Horne is unlikely to play against Wales and admitted that Folau remains doubtful.

“He’s still on the injured list but we’re still hoping he can be turned around in a week or so,” he said.

“Rob’s most likely not going to play and the other injury concern we’ve got is Issy (Folau), he came off the field with a sore ankle and didn’t train yesterday (Monday) so we’ll see how he pulls up.

“They’re pretty significant so we’re focusing internally rather than the problems the other team has.”

Larkham said that he expects that the Wallabies will be able to hand the Welsh crowd support as they were not affected by the English support last week.

“They went through the atmosphere and noise at the weekend at Twickenham which was intense, I thought they handled it really well,” Larkham said.

“Is it going to be as loud? Potentially, the Welsh supporters are pretty vocal and very passionate but in terms of experience on the field, the guys have been through it now.”

Australia have won their last ten matches against Wales and the winner of the match will most likely face either Scotland or Japan.

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