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    Folau set for spell on the sidelines

    2018-04-01 13:26

    Johannesburg - Australia fullback Israel Folau could be out of action for up to a month after suffering an injury in the Waratahs’ 24-17 victory over the Brumbies.

    The back three player was forced off early on with a hamstring issue and is set to miss several weeks of the Super Rugby campaign.

    Daryl Gibson’s men handled Folau’s absence impressively by overcoming the Canberra-based outfit following Taqele Naiyaravoro’s brace.

    Alex Newsome replaced the 28-year-old and shone as the ‘Tahs kept the pressure on the Rebels at the top of the Australian Conference table.

    Despite Newsome’s form, Gibson’s side will miss Folau’s presence, but the ex-rugby league player does not expect to be out for too long.

    “My first run, I went to take off and I just felt it go then,” he said.

    “I did the same hammy in the past in the British and Irish Lions series, so I know the feeling, so just knew straight away to come straight off.

    “After the scan, I'll sit down with the physios and medical team to make sure I get my rehab done and make sure that it's not rushed or anything like that.”

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