Wallabies winger Dane Haylett-Petty is 'bitterly disappointed' to be ruled out of this weekend's Test against the Springboks, coach Michael Cheika says.
Haylett-Petty has battled the injury since late in the Super Rugby season, forcing him out of the first Bledisloe, before tearing it entirely in the second and ultimately opting this week to undergo surgery and end his year.
Cheika said the 28-year-old desperately wanted to be a part of Saturday's match, especially after an emotional week for rugby in WA in the wake of Rugby WA's Supreme Court loss that has condemned the Force to the Super Rugby axe.
"He's bitterly disappointed that he's not playing this game," Cheika said.
"There's been a lot of talk amongst the team around what Saturday is going to mean in perhaps a symbolif sense as well from us as the team to the people over here.
"Of course the players who are based in Perth feel that and we want to do that for them as well and Dane, I think one of the huge disappointments for him, apart from missing out on the Test match is missing out on this one in particular."
Cheika, who is normally more focused on the next player's opportunity when it comes to absences, admitted Haylett-Petty's was a big loss.
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