Serious concern remains over three pivotal players in the Wallabies camp ahead of their semi-final match up against the Pumas.
ALEX HEINKE reports.
Although they started the week optimistically, in-form trio David Pocock, Israel Folau and Scott Sio played next-to no part in Australian training sessions and remain in considerable doubt to play against Argentina in the World Cup semi-final on Monday.
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Pocock (calf strain) didn’t train, but instead rode an exercise bike, while Folau (ankle) ran for a short while before leaving the field to ice his injured ankle.
Sio (elbow) also participated briefly but appears to be in major doubt to line up against the Pumas.
Coach Michael Cheika has conveyed an optimistic tone this week about Pocock and Folau, and said he’ll give them both as long as possible to prove their fitness.
The indications are that Sio’s elbow is more serious but he will not be replaced.
Kurtley Beale and Ben McCalman would keep their roles at fullback and no. 8 in the event of both being ruled out, while James Slipper is in line to step up for Sio.