Australia loses Hunter Paisami and Lukhan Salakaia-Loto to face the All Blacks


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Australia loses Hunter Paisami and Lukhan Salakaia-Loto to face the All Blacks

The Wallabies coach, Dave Rennie, confirmed that second row Lukhan Salakaia-Loto and center Hunter Paisami will miss the third match of the Bledisloe Cup against New Zealand, since they will leave the concentration for the birth of their children.

Rennie admitted that postponing the game for a week (NdeR: to be played on September 5) will cause the pair to miss the final game of the series. The date changes had collateral effects on both teams, as the All Blacks will travel to Perth without Richie Mo’unga, Aaron Smith and Sam Whitelock.

“They had a date to leave on September 1. They originally came but now they are goneas they will not make it to the game, ”the coach admitted of the two players to the official Rugby Australia website.

After a disappointing second match, Rennie hinted at additional changes, looking for an 80 minute performance: “We always said we prioritize performance. There were a lot of guys who performed well, especially in the first 40 minutes. “

“We will choose the players who have earned the right to be selected for this team, so there are likely to be a couple of changes.” Among the novelties, the hooker Feleti Kaitu’u, will return to the team after suffering a calf injury. “Feleti was originally part of the team, he was injured very early, sadly and had a long road to recover,” revealed Rennie.

“When we were in Brisbane, we sent him back here (to Perth) in the hope that he could be available for the test against the All Black that was going to be played this Saturday.” Rennie also confirmed that the opening James O’Connor will rejoin the team once they travel to Queensland, where they will play the last four games of the Championship.

O’Connor did not appear at the Wallabies in 2021 due to a groin injury and it is speculated that he will be available for the game against South Africa on September 12.


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