Rugby

Leali'ifano out of Bledisloe Test

2013-10-14 07:11
Christian Leali'ifano (File)

Sydney - Wallabies goalkicker Christian Leali'ifano has been ruled out of Saturday's Bledisloe Cup Test against New Zealand with an ankle injury.

Matt Toomua is expected to start at inside center for Australia in the Test at Dunedin's indoor stadium while flyhalf Quade Cooper, already a target for raucous Kiwi fans, may take over the kicking duties.

Leali'ifano suffered a compression injury to his right ankle during Australia's 52-17 win over Argentina in the last match of the Rugby Championships two weeks ago. Coach Ewen McKenzie decided on Monday to rule Leali'ifano out of selection contention.

McKenzie said the injury was to the same ankle Leali'ifano broke last year.

Backrower Scott Fardy has also been ruled out of the match with bleeding behind one eye.

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