20th September 12:07 PM
Israel Folau ruled out of Wallabies' clash with Springboks
By Lena Reece
Saturday 08/09/2018
Wallabies fullback Israel Folau[Photo:TVNZ]

Wallabies fullback Israel Folau has been ruled out of tonight's Rugby Championship Test against South Africa in Brisbane.

Folau injured his ankle against the All Blacks in Sydney two weeks ago and missed the Wallabies' Auckland Test last week, but was on track to return to the side in Brisbane.

However, he pulled up sore this morning and withdrew from the team, with Dane Haylett‑Petty moving to fullback, Jack Maddocks coming onto the wing and Tom Banks making his way into the squad.

The news is a further blow to the Wallabies, who will already be without David Pocock, who has a neck injury sustained in the second Bledisloe Cup defeat in Auckland.

He has been replaced at No.8 by Pete Samu, who was not included in coach Michael Cheika's initial 23‑man squad but will now start alongside captain Michael Hooper and Lukhan Tui in the back row.

The absence of Folau and Pocock will only intensify the pressure on the Wallabies in a must‑win clash against the Springboks.

The Wallabies have won just one of their five Tests this year and sit last in the Rugby Championship after two rounds.

If the Wallabies were to lose against South Africa, they would plummet to a record low of seventh in the World Rugby rankings.

The Wallabies face the Springboks at 10pm tonight while the All Blacks will meet Argentina at 7.35pm tonight.

[Source:TVNZ]

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