Wallaby Simmons out of Rugby Championship final

Australia’s Wallabies will contest their final Rugby Championship Test against
New Zealand’s All Blacks without second rower Rob Simmons.

Simmons will miss this Saturday’s Rugby Championship decider and next
week’s Auckland Bledisloe Cup Test after being ruled out with a scaphoid
injury.

Simmons will undergo surgery tomorrow in Brisbane and is expected to make a
full recovery before the Wallabies take on the USA in Chicago next month.

Wallabies Head Coach Michael Cheika was disappointed to lose the veteran of
52 Tests, but said it would provide great competition for other locks to press
their claims for selection.

“Obviously we’re all disappointed to lose Rob,” said Cheika.
“However, we’re confident he will make a full recovery ahead of
Rugby World Cup.”

“We’ve been able to build some real depth in the lock position,
and Rob’s injury presents an opportunity for another player in the squad to
stake their claim.”

No additional player will be called into the Wallabies squad and Simmons’ injury
opens the door for former Wallabies captain James Horwill to return to the starting
line up.

Australia lead the Rugby Championship standings on points difference as they
are level on nine points with New Zealand and the Test in Sydney will decide
the winner of the tournament.

New Zealand have won the Rugby Championship every year since the tournament
began in 2012.

South Africa and Argentina have both yet to win a match and will play for the
wooden spoon in Durban.

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