Cape Town - The
Wallabies are set to be dealt a back-row blow before their next two Tests with Pete Samu ruled out for the next month
after hyper-extending his knee last weekend.
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According to the Stuff website, Samu is expected to be left out of the Wallabies squad for matches
against South Africa and Argentina, leaving a massive hole in the
Australian loose trio.
Lukhan Tui is also reportedly set to skip the tour and it is unclear
whether he will play for the Wallabies again this year after saying he
wanted to spend time with his family.
Tui was involved in a nasty off-field incident with a spectator following the Wallabies' defeat against Argentina on the Gold Coast last Saturday.
had scans on his knee in Canberra this week after meeting Brumbies
staff for the first time. It is hoped it will be fit to play in the
third Bledisloe Cup and on the end of year tour to Europe.
Samu played for the Crusaders earlier in this year when he answered
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika's pleas to play for Australia, eventually
gaining clearance from New Zealand Rugby after some testy negotiations.
The absence of Samu and Tui will mean a forward pack reshuffle.
Pocock and Michael Hooper are both expected to be fit, while Ned Hanigan
and Caleb Timu could compete for the chance to join them in the
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Meanwhile, outside centre Tevita Kuridrani is also racing the clock to
recover from a torn pectoral in time to be a part of the Australian
side's end of year plans.
Injuries to Kuridrani and Samu Kerevi left a gaping hole in the
Wallabies midfield for the Rugby Championship, but both could return for
the Tests scheduled after the tournament.