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Wallabies duo to see specialists – Centre Rob Horne and No 8 Wycliff Palu will see specialists on Monday to determine their availability for the remainder of the tournament.
Horne fractured a cheekbone in the match against USA, and according to the Sydney Morning Herald there is still hope that he will not require surgery. If he receives bad news from the specialist, then sources close to the team say that Reds centre Ben Tapuai will receive a call up. Matt Giteau’s rocky relationship with the Wallabies and the ARU is expected to preclude him from a late selection.
Palu strained his hamstring in Friday’s game and while it isn’t serious, the Wallabies’ management still want him assessed. Dan Vickerman will also have his leg tested, while Pat McCabe’s shoulder has improved but will require ongoing assessment.
Because of the injuries, Berrick Barnes and Adam Ashley-Cooper are expected to pair up in the Aussie midfield. The back three will comprise Drew Mitchell, James O’Connor and Kurtley Beale.
Meanwhile David Pocock on Monday confirmed that he would be available for selection following a fortnight sidelined with a back injury. ‘I did a running session yesterday morning and it was great to be doing a bit of fitness and moving freer. I was getting cold though – my hands were freezing. I am available for full training and selection [against Russia] this week, which is pretty exciting,’ he said.
Late change for Azzuri – Luke McLean has replaced Andrea Masi in the Italy team for their match against USA at Trafalgar Park, Nelson, on Tuesday.
Masi was forced to withdraw because of a calf injury and McLean comes into the starting XV from the bench. McLean’s place among the replacements is taken by Giulio Toniolatti.