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Wallabies suffer double injury blow

Lock Will Skelton and 8th man Wycliff Palu are both out of the #RWC2015 with injuries.

Lock Will Skelton and 8th man Wycliff Palu have both been ruled out of the tournament with injuries.

JOHANNESBURG - Australia have been hit with two injury blows to lock Will Skelton and 8th man Wycliff Palu ahead of their third Pool A match of the Rugby World Cup against hosts England at Twickenham on Saturday.

Both players have also been ruled out for the rest of the competition.

Skelton (23) suffered a pectoral injury in his side's massive 65-3 victory over Uruguay on Sunday, while Palu (33) sustained a hamstring injury in the same match.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has opted to replace Palu with hooker James Hanson, while Skelton will be replaced by lock, Sam Carter.

Australia opened their world cup campaign with a 28-13 win over Fiji last week and will now face their biggest test of the tournament yet when they take on the wounded hosts, who were beaten 28-25 by Wales on Saturday.

According to Australian Rugby Union rules, Palu may no longer be eligible to represent the country, beyond after signing for a Japanese club as he has fallen three caps short of the 60 cap threshold to play for the Wallabies as an overseas-based international.