No African safari for Paul

Brumbies hooker Jeremy Paul has been ruled of out his side’s Vodacom Super 14 tour to South Africa.

The hooker will be sidelined for an undetermined period of time after an MRI scan showed “extensive” damage to his right calf muscle, and won’t face the Bulls and Stormers over the next two weeks.

Paul, who trained with a calf strain during the week, tore the muscle during last Friday’s 25-10 win over the Force in Perth.

“I felt a pop during the match but I was still able to run,” said Paul. “I’d trained with pain during the week and nothing had shown up in the MRI scan, so I thought I’d be right to play on. By the end it just got to the stage where I could hardly walk.”

Paul will be replaced in the starting side by David Palavi while former Crookwell captain James McCormack has been added to the bench for Friday’s clash against the Bulls in Pretoria.

“David’s been with the Brumbies for a few years now and he gets around the field very well,” Paul said. “He’s worked very hard on his scrummaging and throwing and he’ll get a chance to test it out against on of the best set pieces in the competition.”