Wednesday, January 23, 2019 06:57:17 PM
AFP, Brisbane :
Australia's star fullback, Israel Folau, was pulled from the lineup for Saturday's Test against South Africa due to a nagging ankle injury, the Wallabies announced.
Folau injured his ankle in the opening Bledisloe Cup match against New Zealand on August 18 and had only returned to training this past week.
He had been included in the starting side announced earlier in the week, but the Wallabies announced Saturday morning that he had been ruled out of the Test against the Springboks "after failing to overcome an ankle injury".
"Dane Haylett-Petty will slot in at fullback with Jack Maddocks promoted to the right wing and Tom Banks earning his start off the bench," the team said in a statement.