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Australia lose Toomua for final Tests on tour

Wallabies coach Ewem McKenzie and Matt Toomua

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Article Published: Thursday 21 November 2013

Australia have suffered another blow on their end of year tour to Europe as Wallabies centre Matt Toomua has been ruled out for the rest of the tour due to injury.

Toomua will miss Australia's remaining two matchesvbecause of a hamstring injury, coach Ewen McKenzie has confirmed.

He will be replaced in the squad later this week by NSW Waratahs winger Peter Betham, who won his first cap in the third Bledisloe Cup Test against New Zealand in October.

Medical tests showed that Toomua had suffered a hamstring strain following training, and that was enough to rule him out of the two remaining tour games - against Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday and Wales at the Millennium Stadium the following week.

McKenzie said it was a disappointing blow for the talented 23-year-old playmaker, who had been outstanding in his debut Test season, earning 10 caps and securing his role at centre in the starting lineup for the opening three games of the tour.

"Matt has had a fantastic season and has done a terrific job for the Qantas Wallabies in a new position," McKenzie said.

"It's extremely disappointing to lose him at this point and not have him available for our final two games.

"However, he's shown all the positive attributes we want in our players and are looking forward to seeing him use his international experience to continue his development during the Super Rugby competition next year."

The loss comes a day after fellow centre Tevita Kuridrani received a five-week suspension for an alleged dangerous tackle in the match with Ireland.

Adding to Australian woes is the fact that five other players will be unavailable for selection in Edinburgh as they are serving a one-match suspension for indulging in a drinking session before the Ireland game.

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