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Wallabies wait on injury news

Australia will await further assessment on Rob Horne and Pat McCabe before deciding whether to call for reinforcements after the duo were injured in Friday's win over the United States.

The Wallabies scored 11 tries in a 67-5 victory in Wellington, but were counting the cost of further injuries to an already casualty-laden squad. Horne (fractured cheekbone) and McCabe (dislocated shoulder) were joined by Anthony Faingaa (head knock), Wycliff Palu, Kurtley Beale (both hamstring) and Adam Ashley-Cooper (ankle) in requiring attention.

Head coach Robbie Deans said: "Rob Horne picked up a cheekbone fracture but it's only a minor displacement, to use a medical term. That's promising. We will do some further investigation when we get to Christchurch and make a decision (on whether to seek a replacement) when we know more."

He added: "Patty McCabe subluxed (partially dislocated) his shoulder. There again, we'll look at him over the next couple of days.

"We'll do some further investigation in Christchurch just to check on the full extent, but that in the first instance doesn't appear to be as grave as it potentially could have been."

Deans reported that Faingaa, who was taken off on a stretcher at the end of the game "presented very well this morning".

He said: "He can recall everything, including the moments leading up to the tackle, so that's a great sign.

"But it's not something that we mess around with so we'll monitor him and just make sure he's fully recovered before he re-enters the fray."

Australia already have injury concerns over Digby Ioane (thumb), David Pocock (back), James Horwill (shoulder) and Scott Higginbotham (back), but Deans today reported "they're all progressing well".

The Wallabies' next match is the October 1 clash with Russia in Nelson.


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