Double blow for Wallabies

Wed, 07 Aug 2013 06:43
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Experienced hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau and lock Peter Kimlin are out of the Wallabies' extended squad for the Rugby Championship.

Experienced hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau and lock Peter Kimlin are out of the Wallabies' extended squad for the Rugby Championship because of injury and will miss the opener against New Zealand.

Coach Ewen McKenzie on Wednesday called up Queensland Reds hooker Albert Anae to replace Polota-Nau in the 38-man squad, which will be cut to 30 on Friday, ahead of next week's Test against the All Blacks in Sydney.

Polota-Nau was ruled out with a hamstring problem, but will only need two weeks of rehabilitation and will play a part in the four-nation tournament.

Second row forward Kimlin is set to miss the entire Rugby Championship, sidelined for up to six weeks for surgery on a broken thumb suffered in the Brumbies' Super Rugby semifinal victory over the Bulls in Pretoria.

"It's always disappointing to lose players through injury but in Tatafu's case we don't expect him to be out long and he will still play a large part in our upcoming campaign," McKenzie said.

"What his injury has done though is open the door for Albert to take up an opportunity.

"Albert is still young for a front-rower but his versatility is a real asset, while he also possesses the appropriate size and strength to adapt positively to the new scrum laws.

"You're always searching for players with a lot of potential and Albert is a guy who will learn plenty from being part of the national environment."

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Fri, 26 August 2016
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Pumas v Griquas 17h10 Kimberley
Sat, 27 August 2016
New Zealand v Australia 07h35 Wellington
EP Kings v Western Province 14h00 Port Elizabeth
Sharks v Blue Bulls 16h10 Durban
Argentina v South Africa 19h40 Salta
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Sat, 20 August 2016
South Africa v Argentina 30 | 23
Golden Lions v Griquas 24 | 30
Australia v New Zealand 8 | 42
Fri, 19 August 2016
Blue Bulls v EP Kings 49 | 35
Western Province v Free State Cheetahs 25 | 32
Boland v Sharks 20 | 41
Sat, 13 August 2016
Free State Cheetahs v Blue Bulls 43 | 20
Golden Lions v Pumas 68 | 26
Fri, 12 August 2016
Sharks v Griquas 46 | 24
EP Kings v Boland 10 | 28
Sat, 06 August 2016
Boland v Free State Cheetahs 16 | 44
Hurricanes v Lions 20 | 3
Fri, 05 August 2016
Pumas v Sharks 10 | 33
Blue Bulls v Western Province 45 | 26
Sat, 30 July 2016
Lions v Highlanders 42 | 30
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South Africa 1 1 0 0 4
Argentina 1 0 0 0 1
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