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Wallabies suffer injury woes – Wallabies head coach Robbie Deans has confirmed that several of his regulars are likely to miss the Tri-Nations and other Tests leading into the World Cup.
Hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau, prop James Slipper, No 8 Wycliff Palu, scrumhalf Luke Burgess and wing Drew Mitchell are expected to be sidelined for a minimum of six weeks. It’s also confirmed that hooker Huia Edmonds, lock Mark Chisholm and utility back Peter Hynes were effectively out of World Cup contention with season-ending injuries.
Deans will name a provisional 40-man squad on 11 July before confirming a final 30-man World Cup squad on 18 August.
‘It’s a good thing we’re naming a 40. The likelihood is we will name a number of blokes that aren’t able to play in the first instance, but who we will want to get under way with, given that we have such a short preparation window,’ Deans told reporters in Sydney on Friday.
The Wallabies start the year with a friendly Test against Samoa on 17 July before competing against the All Blacks and Springboks in the Tri-Nations from 23 July to 27 August.
Webb Ellis Cup to visit Cape Town – As a proud worldwide partner of the 2011 World Cup, MasterCard is bringing the prestigious trophy to fans across South Africa on a tour of rugby clubs, schools, and shopping malls.
The nationwide tour will touch down in Cape Town on Sunday, 26 June with appearances at Masiphumelele Rugby Club in Noordhoek between 9am and 11am and then between 12:30am and 4pm at Villager Rugby Club in Claremont.
World Cup winner and MasterCard Rugby ambassador Bob Skinstad will be accompanying the trophy in Cape Town to sign autographs and have his picture taken with fans.
Os du Randt, Breyton Paulse and Jaque Fourie will also be taking turns appearing at other tour stopovers in Sandton, Soweto, Johannesburg and Pretoria.