Australia will be without a number of key players for their final international match of the year against Wales on Saturday.
Andrew Kellaway, Hunter Paisami, Dave Porecki, Taniela Tupou, Rob Valetini and Nic White have all returned home after suffering issues in Saturday’s Autumn Nations Series clash against Ireland.
The Wallabies produced an improved display in Dublin but still went down to another defeat, with the hosts going away with a 13-10 victory.
High attrition rate
It also came at a significant cost on the playing front as there was a high attrition rate in the game.
“We’re still assessing things but Bobby Valetini, syndesmosis, so he’s doubtful for next week,” head coach Dave Rennie said immediately following their defeat to Ireland.
“Andrew Kellaway will definitely be out with a toe injury, Nela (Tupou) potentially an Achilles so he will be out, Porecki with another concussion, so he will have to have a minimum of 12 days, so he won’t be able to back up.
“Hunter (Paisami) has done his medial… so definitely those four plus probably Bobby.
“Hunter got his leg caught under him – that’s footy.
“Porecki got a shoulder to the head, that’s bad luck, I’m not even sure how or what Kells (Kellaway) has done.
“It’s a collision sport and they’re collision injuries.”
Australia have endured a wretched season in 2022, losing a series to England 2-1, finishing third in the Rugby Championship and suffering defeats in three of their four end-of-year matches so far.
A plethora of injuries have not helped and, to the Wallabies’ credit, they have dealt with those setbacks admirably at times.
Rennie’s men have played well on their northern hemisphere tour without getting the results they perhaps deserved against France and Ireland.
The Wallabies are therefore looking at this weekend’s Autumn Nations Series match against Wales positively with other players getting an opportunity to prove their worth.
“We’ll have to go into the depth of the squad again,” the head coach said. “I can guarantee there will be guys itching for another opportunity after the Italy effort.”