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Australia's Barnes ruled out for Bledisloe Cup

Australia's Barnes ruled out for Bledisloe Cup

Australia vice-captain Berrick Barnes has been ruled out of Saturday's Bledisloe Cup match against New Zealand after injuring his left ankle in practice Thursday.
Barnes was taken to hospital for x-rays and the results will determine whether he remains with the team for its upcoming European tour, Australian Associated Press reported.
The 23-year-old midfield could be sent back to Australia, which would be a blow to the Wallabies' grand slam chances.
With the injury to Barnes, Australia coach Robbie Deans has been forced to reshuffle his backline, promoting teenager James O'Connor from the bench to start at fullback and moving Adam Ashley-Cooper to inside center.
Barnes injured his knee during a match against Italy in last year's spring tour of Europe.


Updated : 2021-05-11 03:47 GMT+08:00