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Australia lose Hooper & possibly Folau for Wales clash

Coach Cheika has serious doubts of Folau’s availability while Hooper was suspended for 1 week.

Michael Cheika. Picture: rugby.com.au.

JOHANNESBURG - Australia's vice-captain Michael Hooper has been suspended for one week after pleading guilty to a foul play charge, following a citing for a clean out of England fullback Mike Brown in their win over the hosts on Saturday, he will miss this weekend's Pool A encounter against Wales.

The charge carries a punishment of a two week suspension, but Hooper's record of good behaviour and his guilty plea got the suspension reduced and he should be back in time for the Wallabies' quarter final clash against either South Africa, Japan or Scotland.

The two-time champions could also be without fullback Israel Folau, who is still struggling with an ankle injury.

Folau missed Monday's training session and coach Michael Cheika had serious doubts of his availability for Tuesday's main session.

Kurtley Beale, who had an impressive game against England after coming on for Folau, is likely to don the number 15 jersey, should the 26 year old not recover.

Hooper could be replaced by Sean McMahon or Ben McCalman.

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