Cheika hopeful of Horne recovery

WALLABIES coach Michael Cheika is remaining hopeful winger Rob Horne will overcome a shoulder injury and be fit to play for the side’s upcoming Rugby World Cup clashes.

Horne was forced off the field in the first half of the Wallabies’ crushing 33-13 win over England that booked their quarter-final spot and eliminated the hosts at the group stages of the competition.

He left the stadium with his arm in a sling, prompting fears he could join forwards Will Skelton and Wycliff Palu in being ruled out of the tournament.


The utility back had scans on Sunday in London and Cheika remains hopeful he’ll be fit to remain in the squad for the rest of the tournament, insisting he’s not yet considering a replacement.

There were also concerns for star fullback Israel Folau, who failed to finish the game after rolling his ankle but Cheika said the cross-code superstar should be fit for the Wales match.

Australia will take on Wales in their dead-rubber pool match at 12.45am (AEST) on Sunday.