The Wallabies’ damage disaster has worsened with former skipper Michael Hooper becoming a member of the exodus from their spring tour forward of the ultimate Take a look at towards Wales.
Coach Dave Rennie is scrambling to tug a line-up collectively for Sunday’s (AEDT) conflict with Hooper the seventh participant sidelined following their 13-10 loss to Eire with the veteran flanker struggling a concussion.
Six gamers together with prop Taniela Tupou, who has a suspected ruptured Achilles tendon, have already flown dwelling to Australia with Hooper additionally set to depart Cardiff for Sydney.
First-choice halfback Nic White left the tour after struggling a head-knock within the Dublin match whereas Rob Valetini (ankle), Andrew Kellaway (foot), Hunter Paisami (knee) and Dave Porecki (concussion) additionally boarded the flight dwelling.
Centre Lalakai Foketi (leg) and Tom Banks (ankle) have been mid-tour casualties.
Hooper’s absence is a large blow for the Wallabies given he was amongst their greatest towards the world No.1 Irish.
The Take a look at centurion returned to the Wallabies fold for the spring tour after he pulled out on the eve of a Rugby Championship conflict in Argentina in August on account of his psychological well being.
He additionally relinquished the Wallabies captaincy with veteran prop James Slipper taking up.
Fraser McReight is prone to get one other begin at No.7 in Hooper’s absence, leaving Pete Samu on the bench to cowl all backrow positions.
Rennie will identify his line-up on Friday morning (AEDT) however revealed Waratahs rookie Langi Gleeson could have his first Take a look at begin, operating on at No.8 instead of Valetini.
The 21-year-old made his Take a look at debut in Australia’s one-point win over Scotland and likewise got here off the bench of their one-point loss to Italy, changing Pete Samu halfway by way of the second half.
With five-eighth Bernard Foley unavailable because the Take a look at falls exterior of the worldwide window, Rennie should resolve between Noah Lolesio and Ben Donaldson to put on the No.10 jersey.
With the Wallabies falling to a humiliating historic loss to Italy after making 11 adjustments, Rennie might decide to play it protected and begin Lolesio quite than Donaldson, who made his Take a look at debut late within the shock defeat.
Jordan Petaia is tipped to begin at fullback with Kellaway and Banks each absent.
After combating a quad damage early within the tour, Petaia got here on halfway by way of the second half of the Italy match after which performed many of the Eire sport after damage to Paisami.
Petaia, 22, mentioned the gamers concerned within the loss to Italy have been desperate to make amends.
Australia are additionally seeking to finish a three-game shedding streak towards Wales.
“Trying again on the Italy sport the boys have been gutted,” Petaia instructed reporters from Cardiff.
“And the Eire sport, it was a troublesome end so the boys wish to flip issues round.
“We’re seeking to get a robust win and might be fired up once more this week.”