For Wycliff Palu, the veteran Wallaby No.8 whose involvement in his third World Cup and international career looks to be over after he was ruled out of the rest of this tournament as a result of aggravating a hamstring problem during his side’s 11 try rout of Uruguay. “Wycliff has been a very, very remarkable player for Australia and it’s more than likely the last game he’s played for Australia. So it’s a sad day in that regard,” said Michael Cheika, Australia’s head coach “The way he came back from injury to play in this tournament has been very special for the players. He’s got a quiet but strong influence in the team and he’ll be sorely missed.” His departure almost seems to have drawn a declaration of intent from Cheika who opened the tournament fielding twin openside flankers in David Pocock and Michael Hooper and could be seen to be ever more committed to that strategy having chosen to replace Palu with James Hanson, a hooker. Lock Will Skelton has meanwhile also been forced out of their squad with a chest injury, to be replaced by Sam Carter.