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Australia’s Michael Hooper to miss Wales game : Rugby World Cup

by vlad on Вторник, Октябрь 6th, 2015

Australia flanker Michael Hooper will miss Saturday’s World Cup Pool A decider against Wales after being suspended for one week.

Hooper, 23, was cited for clearing out Mike Brown at a ruck during the Wallabies’ 33-13 win against England.

Citing commissioner Steve Hinds ruled Hooper had used his shoulder illegally.

Wales and Australia have both qualified for the World Cup quarter-finals and the winner of the game at Twickenham will top their group.

Asked if Hooper’s ban makes any difference to Wales’ preparations for the match, attack coach Rob Howley replied: «No. I spoke before the England game really and what we’ve done over the last 16 weeks is to focus on ourselves in terms of selection and training and we’ll do exactly the same this week, it’s not different to us.

«It’s something you’re aware of when you watch Australia — obviously Hooper and [David] Pocock working together.

«But Sean McMahon was outstanding against us in the autumn series and the strength in depth they’ve got in the forwards and the backs I think whoever puts on that gold jersey will be looking to play to his best.

«We always look forward to playing Australia. It’s always a challenge we look forward to. The last couple of games we’ve had great games against them.»

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