Sydney - Wallabies lock Adam Coleman will face a fitness test on
Thursday to ensure he takes his place in a blockbuster Test against England at
Twickenham this weekend.
Coleman hit his thumb in the dying minutes of Australia’s
29-21 win over Wales last weekend, and has not been able to train fully since.
As team-mates were practising cleanouts on Tuesday, Coleman
was manning the poles at the start of a drill.
The 26-year-old will need to make it through training on
Thursday to feature against England.
Coleman has become one of Australia’s most important players
since making his debut against England last year, leading the side’s lineout,
and his absence would be a major blow to the side.
Wallabies attack coach Stephen Larkham was confident Coleman
would be fit to play against England.
“He's good actually, he pulled up really well out of the
game so he should be good yeah,” he told the Australian Rugby Union's official
“Like most guys we're just making sure that we do right by
him so he's certainly on track to play, there's no issues there.”
If Coleman is ruled out, Lukhan Tui would be the next in
line to come into the starting team, but he too faces some fitness uncertainty.
Tui suffered a hamstring injury in the Wallabies’ match
against the Barbarians and though he has featured in parts of training this
week, would need to be cleared after Thursday’s session if he were to play.
“Lukhan didn't train today with the team and will go through
some further assessments over the next couple of days so we'll probably know a
bit more on Thursday with Lukhan,” said Larkham.
Matt Philip would be in line to be elevated to the starting
line-up behind Tui, with uncapped lock Blake Enever the other second-row
competing for a spot in the match day 23.
Karmichael Hunt has a chance to come into the centres for
the match, and Larkham said they would have no qualms putting the four-Test
back into the fray, but also praised Samu Kerevi’s work at 12.
“He (Hunt) added really good impact off the bench, his
defence was outstanding, his energy was really good, he didn't get a lot of
carries but he had a really good carry,” he added.
“I think he combined really well with the guys when he came
on the field.
“It's certainly something we're considering.
“In saying that Samu also had a really good game
defensively, he stepped up.
“It's been an area of his game he's tried to work on and
found his feet in the second half with his carries as well.”