Ue­lese in line to face All Black might

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

RIS­ING star Jor­dan Ue­lese is set to be the bolter in the Wal­la­bies Blei­d­sloe Cup squad, but in­jury con­cerns to the mid­field will be caus­ing coach Michael Cheika headaches as the Au­gust 19 show­down looms.

Kurt­ley Beale’s ham­string in­jury re­mains an is­sue, while Samu Kerevi has a pec­toral strain.

With Karmichael Hunt al­ready ruled out, the mid­field stocks are wear­ing thin.

Ue­lese, 20, is set to be cho­sen as the third hooker in the squad be­hind Tatafu PolotaNau and for­mer skip­per Stephen Moore.

Waratahs rake Tolu Latu has been strug­gling with a neck in­jury.

Winger Se­fanaia Naivalu, who scored two tries in the pre­vi­ous Test against Italy in June be­fore limp­ing off with an an­kle in­jury, is set to be side­lined for a fur­ther two months af­ter re­quir­ing surgery.

But while the Wal­la­bies have depth in the out­side backs, the mid­field is a huge con­cern.

If Beale and Kerevi do not re­gain fit­ness in time for the open­ing Test, Reece Hodge and Te­vita Kuridrani will be the likely cen­tre pair­ing.

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