Injury list worries Robbie Deans

2011-06-25 00:00

SYDNEY — Wallabies coach Robbie Deans concedes he’ll likely have to gamble on a handful of long-term injured players in his Rugby World Cup calculations when he announces his 40-man squad next month.

Prop James Slipper, hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau, No. 8 Wycliff Palu and scrumhalf Luke Burgess are all out for six to eight weeks and winger Drew Mitchell isn’t expected to be fit before September.

Utility back Berrick Barnes has stood down indefinitely after a series of head knocks, and captain Rocky Elsom has only just resumed training after long absence due to injury.

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