BADDAY

The Herald - Sport - - RUGBY WORLD CUP -

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.

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