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Double injury blow for Wallabies ahead of All Blacks clash

hree-test Waratahs prop Paddy Ryan and uncapped Melbourne Rebels wing Tom English have been called into the squad

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 10 August, 2014, 10:49pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 10 August, 2014, 10:49pm

Australia have been hit with a double injury blow two weeks before their Rugby Championship match against the All Blacks in Sydney, losing prop Laurie Weeks and winger Joe Tomane.

Three-test Waratahs prop Paddy Ryan and uncapped Melbourne Rebels wing Tom English have been called into the squad as replacements, coach Ewen McKenzie said on Sunday.

Weeks and Tomane have hamstring injuries and are expected to be sidelined for two to three weeks.

It's no secret we're trying to build more depth at tighthead prop and the upcoming fortnight will be a good chance for Paddy
Ewen McKenzie

"As it is with sport, injuries provide an opportunity for other guys to come through, and I'm sure Paddy and Tom are both excited about taking part in our preparations for the All Blacks," McKenzie said.

Ryan and English have had exposure to the national programme this year, with Ryan earning his third test cap in Australia's victory over France in Melbourne in June, while English was part of the Wallabies training squad.

"It's no secret we're trying to build more depth at tighthead prop and the upcoming fortnight will be a good chance for Paddy to continue improving at this level," McKenzie said.

"Tom is a guy we are continually learning more about and is someone who impressed us with his attitude and abilities at training during the June series, along with being a consistent performer for the Rebels."

The Rugby Championship involves Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina with the Wallabies playing the All Blacks on August 16.

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