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Dunning out of SA tour – Force prop Matt Dunning is battling a foot injury and will take no part in the matches against the Lions and Stormers.
Scans have revealed a tendon injury that will sideline Dunning for up to a month. Tim Fairbrother is expected to replace Dunning in the front-row.
The good news for the Force is that James O’Connor has recovered from a knock taken in Saturday’s draw with the Blues. O’Connor is set to start against the Lions.
Reds wary of Saffas - Four successive matches against physical imposing South African opponents could determine the Reds’ selections for their match against the Rebels this weekend.
Reports from Australia suggest that James Horwill (ankle) and Van Humphreys (thumb) could be kept in cotton wool even though they are expected to be fit in time for the visit of Super Rugby’s rookies.
‘[The matches against the South Africans] are pretty important games in the scheme of things and they’re performing well … so they’re going to be tough games for us,’ coach Ewen McKenzie said.
‘They are going to be physical and ask a lot of you so we need to make sure we have guys who are fit to go. You don’t want to be carrying too many people there.’
A decision will be taken by Tuesday, with Adam Wallace-Harrison and Radike Samo expected to replace them if they are not selected.
More woe for Brumbies – MItchell Chapman faces two months on the sideline with a cheekbone fracture.
The Wallaby loose forward sustained the injury in the Brumbies’ 52-10 defeat to the Crusaders. Chapman’s surgery is scheduled for Monday.
The Brumbies will also be without captain Rocky Elsom and Stephen Hoiles for another six weeks. They also have injury concerns over wing Henry Speight [jaw] and hooker Stephen Moore [ankle].