Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Tough Choices for Deans in US Clash

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Tough Choices for Deans in US Clash

Article excerpt

RUGBY: Coach Robbie Deans must sort through the wreckage and identify 22 fit and able bodies capable of outclassing the USA as the Wallabies walk the Rugby World Cup finals tightrope on Friday night.

Of Australia's 30-man squad in New Zealand, only 22 were able to complete full training duties yesterday due to the bruising weekend loss to Ireland and a nasty virus that swept through the camp.

Already reduced to five weeks of sudden-death football, the Wallabies breathed a big sigh of relief after an MRI scan cleared skipper James Horwill of a shoulder injury that would have further undermined Australia's flagging campaign.

But Horwill, lock Dan Vickerman, centre Pat McCabe and winger James O'Connor were all too sore to train, while flanker David Pocock only managed some light run-throughs as he continues to battle the back discomfort that sidelined him from the Ireland encounter.

Recovering hooker Stephen Moore, another match-day scratching with a stomach bug, and ailing centre Anthony Fainga'a, who was too sick to travel to Wellington on Sunday with teammates, also sat out the session. …

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