WALLABIES fullback Israel Folau has been dominated out of Saturday evening’s Rugby Championship Test in opposition to South Africa in Brisbane.
Folau injured his ankle in opposition to the All Blacks in Sydney two weeks in the past and missed the Wallabies’ Auckland Test final week, however was on monitor to return to the aspect in Brisbane.
However, he pulled up sore on Saturday morning and withdrew from the team, with Dane Haylett-Petty shifting to fullback, Jack Maddocks coming onto the wing and Tom Banks making his manner into the squad.
The information is an additional blow to the Wallabies, who will already be with out David Pocock, who has a neck damage sustained within the second Bledisloe Cup defeat in Auckland.
He has been changed at No.eight by Pete Samu, who was not included in coach Michael Cheika’s preliminary 23-man squad however will now begin alongside captain Michael Hooper and Lukhan Tui within the again row.
The absence of Folau and Pocock will solely intensify the strain on the Wallabies in a must-win conflict in opposition to the Springboks.
The Wallabies have received just one in all their 5 Tests this year and sit final within the Rugby Championship after two rounds.
If the Wallabies had been to lose in opposition to South Africa, they might plummet to a file low of seventh within the World Rugby rankings.