Israel Folau (Getty Images)
London - Australian star Israel Folau is
battling to be fit for their final Pool A clash the table-topping decider with
Wales, according to offence coach Stephen Larkham.
Folau, lynchpin of the Wallabies formidable
backline, did not train on Monday but will get a run out on Tuesday.
The 25-year-old is still feeling the
effects of the knock to the ankle that forced him to quit the action in the
devastating 33-13 defeat they inflicted on hosts England on Saturday.
While he is still in the game to play the
Welsh, little hope is given to wing Rob Horne, who left the England match in
the 10th minute because of a shoulder injury.
"Israel has a sore ankle and didn't
train yesterday and we will see how he pulls up today," said Larkham, who
was the flyhalf for the Wallabies 1999 World Cup winners.
"Rob (Horne) is still on the injured
list and unlikely to play."
The Wallabies are also waiting anxiously to
see whether another crucial member of their starting XV flank 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.