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Qantas Wallabies backrower Jake Schatz is a late injury withdrawal from tonight’s Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship clash against South Africa at Suncorp Stadium and will be replaced on the bench by Queensland Reds teammate Liam Gill.
The decision to remove Schatz from the matchday squad came early on Saturday morning after the talented 23-year-old backrower showed signs of significant swelling to his right knee, which initially flared up late last night following the team’s Captain’s Run.
Schatz will undergo scans on his knee in Brisbane this morning.
His withdrawal will see flanker Liam Gill return to coach Ewen McKenzie’s matchday squad for tonight’s crucial Nelson Mandela Challenge Plate clash against the Springboks.
“Jake has come very close to debuting for Australia on a number of occasions now so on a personal level we are all extremely disappointed to rule him out on matchday,” McKenzie said.
“However, he is a resilient character and will be back very soon.
“Liam has been involved in our opening two Tests so will slot straight back into what we are trying to achieve against the Springboks.”
Meanwhile, McKenzie has also confirmed two new faces will join the Australian squad in Perth tomorrow ahead of the Qantas Wallabies clash against Argentina on Saturday 14 September.
They include NSW Waratahs lock Sitaleki Timani and backrower Dave Dennis, who boast a combined 25 caps for Australia between them.
The pair will provide strong back-five cover for a forward pack which has in recent weeks ruled out James Horwill, Hugh McMeniman, Peter Kimlin, Hugh Pyle and now Schatz through injury.
The Qantas Wallabies enter Saturday’s match against South Africa with possession of the Nelson Mandela Challenge Plate and will retain the silverware for a fourth straight year with a victory at Suncorp Stadium.
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The updated Qantas Wallabies side to play South Africa in the opening Nelson Mandela Challenge Plate and Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship match at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday 7 September is:
1. James Slipper (Queensland Reds)
2. Stephen Moore (ACT Brumbies)
3. Sekope Kepu (NSW Waratahs)
4. Rob Simmons (Queensland Reds)
5. Kane Douglas (NSW Waratahs)
6. Scott Fardy (ACT Brumbies)
7. Michael Hooper (NSW Waratahs)
8. Ben Mowen (vc - ACT Brumbies)
9. Will Genia (c – Queensland Reds)
10. Quade Cooper (Queensland Reds)
11. Nick Cummins (Western Force)
12. Christian Leali’ifano (ACT Brumbies)
13. Adam Ashley-Cooper (NSW Waratahs)
14. James O’Connor (Melbourne Rebels)
15. Israel Folau (NSW Waratahs)
16. Saia Fainga’a (Queensland Reds)
17. Scott Sio (ACT Brumbies)
18. Ben Alexander (ACT Brumbies)
19. Ben McCalman (Western Force)
20. Liam Gill (Queensland Reds)
21. Nic White (ACT Brumbies)
22. Matt Toomua (ACT Brumbies)
23. Jesse Mogg (ACT Brumbies)