Ashley-Cooper and Palu to miss Pumas

Date published: September 9 2014

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Australia will be without two key players for Saturday's clash with Argentina after Wycliff Palu and Adam Ashley-Cooper were ruled out.

Australia will be without two key players for Saturday's clash with Argentina after Adam Ashley-Cooper and Wycliff Palu were ruled out.

The versatile back, who was back on the wing last weekend, after starting the Rugby Championship in the centres, is suffering with nerve compression, while Palu is recovering from concussion.

Jake Schatz of the Reds has been called up as cover.

Ewen McKenzie has not yet named a replacement for Ashley-Cooper, with Peter Betham and Joe Tomane the front runners.

One thing is for certain, it will not be Henry Speight who comes in for his Wallabies debut, with the Fijian-born winger currently out of action with a hamstring injury.

“It's disappointing to lose two experienced members of our squad ahead of what is an extremely important game against Argentina,” McKenzie said.

“However, this year we've taken a proactive approach to making early decisions around guys carrying injuries, which is the case here.

“As is always the case with sport, the next guy in line now gets a chance to step-up and take advantage of the opportunity they'll be given.”

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