Sport Major Wallabies blow for United Kingdom tour

17:15  26 october  2021
17:15  26 october  2021 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

Marika Koroibete to miss Wallabies’ end-of-year tour

  Marika Koroibete to miss Wallabies’ end-of-year tour The Wallabies were dealt a blow with the news that Marika Koroibete will miss their northern hemisphere tour following the birth of his child.Wallabies head coach Dave Rennie said Koroibete needed precious family time before he heads to Japan next season to join Panasonic Wild Knight on a lucrative contract.

The Wallabies have suffered a major blow ahead of their three Test tour of the United Kingdom with Samu Kerevi and Sean McMahon unlikely to be available.

Centre Kerevi and loose forward McMahon were both named in Dave Rennie's touring party but delicate conversations have continued between Suntory Sungoliath and Rugby Australia behind the scenes.

The duo are yet to be officially ruled out but the Wallabies are bracing for life without them as they instead focus their energies on paymasters Suntory and the next Japanese domestic season.

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Japan and Australia to thrill in high-scoring affair

  Japan and Australia to thrill in high-scoring affair Japan and Australia begin the end-of-year rugby international series when the two attacking teams go head-to-head at Oita Stadium on Saturday.It will be, conditions depending, a high octane affair as both sides look to play with pace and spread the ball wide. The Wallabies are clear favourites, however, and go into the game with plenty of confidence following four successive victories to finish the Rugby Championship.

Samu Kerevi of the Wallabies. © Getty Samu Kerevi of the Wallabies.

The Wallabies have enough backrow options to cover for McMahon but they are a much lesser team without Kerevi, who was immense during the Rugby Championship.

Counteracting their loss is the expectation that five-eighth Quade Cooper will be available for the Tests against Scotland, England and Wales.

The Scotland clash is the next assignment on November 8.

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"We're about to enter a place and play away from home, far away from home, which we haven't done in a long time," Wallabies captain Michael Hooper said after a patchy 32-23 win over Japan in Oita.

Unwanted Aussies turn Japanese against Wallabies

  Unwanted Aussies turn Japanese against Wallabies Japan's forward pack to take on the Wallabies in Oita tomorrow will have a strong Australian flavour.Gunter, 23, will make his Test debut at blindside flanker ahead of former captain Michael Leitch, who has been named on the bench.

"We're right in the perfect time as a group to take on that challenge.

"(Saturday) was really nice to get that result and I guess show a couple of areas that we can improve but also still tick over a win there.

"Take that up north and take on some of these European teams."

The Wallabies are also sweating on the fitness of fullback Reece Hodge, who suffered a pectoral injury against Japan.

Andrew Kellaway and Jordan Petaia are the most likely replacements to play against Scotland if Hodge is ruled out, while calling Kurtley Beale into the squad is also a possibility.

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'Massive stuff up' kills Wallabies' golden momentum .
Peter FitzSimons has described the withdrawal of three Wallabies for the spring tour as a "massive stuff up."Japan-based Quade Cooper, Samu Kerevi and Sean McMahon were all named in the squad to tour the United Kingdom for three Tests but did not travel after electing to spend preseason with their club teams.

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