The Wallabies have been dealt an damage blow on the eve of the Rugby World Cup, with veteran prop James Slipper set to be dominated out of the opening match in opposition to Georgia.
Wallabies coach Eddie Jones revealed the dangerous information at a press convention in Saint-Etienne, the place Australia will kick off their marketing campaign on September 10 (AEST).
“James Slipper’s nonetheless not coaching,” Jones mentioned.
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“At this stage, it is positively contact and go for Georgia. He is bought a tendon downside together with his foot. We consider we have that below management and he’ll be again on the paddock after Georgia.”
Angus Bell has began the final three Checks forward of Slipper at loosehead and is an excellent expertise.
However former captain Slipper’s huge expertise and scrummaging capacity would have given Jones consolation off the bench in opposition to the highly effective Georgians.
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Blake Schoupp, who made his Take a look at debut in Monday’s 41-17 loss to France, is now more likely to retain his place among the many reserves.
Slipper will not be Australia’s solely damage concern.
“Samu Kerevi’s nonetheless not coaching, Jordan Uelese must be coaching tomorrow and Pone’s (Fa’amausili) nonetheless recovering,” Jones mentioned.
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“He is possibly every week or so away. We have got a couple of out however each workforce on this planet has bought that in the mean time. It is only a matter of excellent rehab, good restoration and get them again on the sector as rapidly as we will.”
Jones had beforehand mentioned star centre Kerevi “must be proper” for the opener as he recovers from a hand damage.
Australia beat Georgia 27-8 on the 2019 World Cup however are ranked eleventh on this planet – solely two spots beneath the Wallabies – and can be no pushovers.
“Georgia play a really comparable sport to France,” Jones mentioned.
“Ten of their gamers play within the leagues in France, principally in Prime 14, some Professional D. They’ve a really important French affect, so that they kick so much, they contest laborious on the breakdown after which they developed some implausible counterattacking expertise.
“The notion of Georgia was that they are a laborious scrummaging, a tough mauling, gritty workforce. There’s nonetheless components of that, however they’ve modified their sport significantly.”