Injuries shake Wallabies as the Lions touch down on Ausie soil

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has had to make three changes to his squad who will face the British and Irish Rugby InjuryLions this month after injuries picked up in this weekend’s Super Rugby fixtures.

Wallaby’s stars  Digby Ioane and Scott Higginbotham as well brumbies lock Sitaleki Timani have been ruled out of the opening exchanged between the two sides.

Kane Douglas, Nick Phipps and Ben McCalman have joined the training squad in their place.

Higginbotham (shoulder) and Timani (thumb) will be told of their prospects of playing in the Lions series after scans scheduled for this week.

“Hopefully I will be able to push on and be available for selection for the Lions, The doctor told me if I don’t need surgery, I am playing. I will have some scans, a bit of rehab and get back into it.” Higginbotham said after the Rebels’ loss.

Ioane underwent surgery last week for damage in his left knee and will not be able to train at all in the build-up to the first test.

“Digby is unable to train. His focus is on getting his knee right, which is why we’ve chosen to bring him in anyway, so our medical staff can oversee the process,” Deans said.

Deans is scheduled to finalise his squad with six further additions on June 11.

Wallabies squad: Ben Alexander, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Berrick Barnes, Nick Cummins, Dave Dennis, Kane Douglas, Saia Fainga’a, Israel Folau, Will Genia, Liam Gill, Michael Hooper, Rob Horne, James Horwill, Sekope Kepu, Christian Leali’ifano, Ben McCalman, Stephen Moore, Ben Mowen, James O’Connor, Wycliff Palu, Nick Phipps, Benn Robinson, Rob Simmons, James Slipper, Joe Tomane.

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