Israel Folau could miss Australia’s Rugby World Cup clash with Wales

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Australia could be without full-back Israel Folau for Saturday’s World Cup Pool A decider against Wales at Twickenham.

“The way he’s controlled the games has been outstanding, and his goal-kicking has spoken for itself”, said Foley.

Folau suffered an ankle injury during the Wallabies’ 33-13 victory over England three days ago, a result that meant World Cup elimination for the host nation.

Douglas has a week to rest before the Wallabies take on Wales at 2:45am Sunday morning (our time).

The Wallabies remain wary of an injury-ravaged Wales outfit they’ve held an global stranglehold over for a quarter of a century, with “master coach” Warren Gatland and sharpshooter Dan Biggar firmly on their radar.

Stuart Lancaster’s England gave Australia a team talk in the media and were severely lacking in key areas in the convincing defeat that saw their World Cup hopes shattered, says Sir Graham Henry.

The Wallabies are also waiting anxioulsy to see whether another crucial member of their starting XV flanker Michael Hooper is clear to play as he faces a disciplinary hearing later on Tuesday after being cited for an incident at the end of the first-half of the England match.

“It was good and, if we can get the details right we’ll be okay”.

“[Pocock and Hooper] do the hard work as well, but they’re getting the glory – I don’t get much but I enjoy other roles”.

“I think their scrum’s been pretty solid, they’ve had a lot of injuries and their performances over the competition have been very consistent”, Grey said. “We’ve been in touch with Joel Jutge, especially after the England match”.


Australia refused to buy into the off-field encounters, with coach Cheika playing a straight bat pre-match to questions about Sir Clive Woodward’s assertion that his was not so bright or Cipriani’s statement about hypothetical selections. Tactically there are certain things you can change to improve the scrum. We are aware there is a process to undertake and confident in that process.

COOLING OFF Kane Douglas of Australia swims during an Australia team recovery session at the Queen Mother Sports Centre after Australia dumps England from the World Cup