Hooker blow for Wallabies

Jeremy Paul has been ruled out of Australia’s end-of-year tour.

The 29-year-old severely damaged a tendon playing at Ellis Park in the Vodacom Tri-Nations against South Africa and requires reconstructive surgery on the injury.

“Jeremy requires surgery to repair the finger and will be restricted from using the finger for up to three months,” Wallabies doctor Martin Raftery said in a statement.

“It’s a big disappointment. I was getting pretty excited about going,” said Paul. “I’d been happy with my form over the past few test matches but I guess you’ve just got to take the rest while the opportunity is there.”

Lock Daniel Vickerman is also a doubt as he needs shoulder surgery but he should be fit for the tour.

“Daniel’s procedure is just an exploratory scope, just to give us a clearer indication of what’s happening in his shoulder,” added Raftery. “He’s had some minor problems with the shoulder throughout the season, so we just want to rule out any significant problems.”

The Wallabies play Wales, Scotland, Italy and Ireland during their eight-match tour of Europe which starts in November.