Keo.co.za brings you the latest news from Pool C.
Palu’s World Cup over - A hamstring injury has ended Australia No 8 Wycliff Palu’s participation at the World Cup.
Palu is returning to Australia after scans in Christchurch on Monday revealed a recurrence of an injury that has dogged him for some time.
Lock Dan Vickerman and fullback Kurtley Beale also underwent scans, the former cleared a leg injury, while the latter has a minor hamstring strain which will see him rested from this weekend’s final pool match against Russia. Beale will be ready for the quarter-final.
Midfielders Pat McCabe (shoulder), Anthony Fainga’a (head) and Rob Horne (cheek) also left the field during Australia’s third pool match.
Fainga’a could be available for Australia’s next match, but McCabe and Horne will miss it, making a return in a week and a fortnight respectively.
Winger Digby Ioane, who dislocated his thumb he sustained in the opening match of the tournament against Italy should be available for the quarter-finals.
Flankers David Pocock (back) and Scott Higginbotham (back), winger James O’Connor and lock James Horwill (shoulder) are all expected have all recovered fully from injuries and will be available for Saturday’s match.