Painful injury mars Wallabies win over Japan

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Key Wallabies Reece Hodge and Quade Cooper volition some question to the United Kingdom contempt the erstwhile suffering a achy pectoral wounded successful the triumph implicit Japan.

Fullback Hodge was forced from the tract successful the 14th infinitesimal successful Oita as the Wallabies went connected to prevail 32-23 successful a patchy show to unfastened their 4 crippled outpouring tour.

Despite what appeared to beryllium a superior injury, Wallabies manager Dave Rennie said Hodge would beryllium connected the level tomorrow.

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Reece Hodge leaves the tract injured. (Stan)

"The program is that he'll travel," Rennie said.

"We've inactive got a mates of weeks until we play Scotland truthful that volition bargain america immoderate clip to get clarity astir what we bash if it's agelong term.

"We'll measure that successful coming days."

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The Wallabies are already without injured archetypal prime fullback Tom Banks.

Winger Andrew Kellaway filled successful astatine fullback for Hodge contiguous portion Jordan Petaia is different option.

Rennie said five-eighth Cooper would besides question to the UK arsenic the Wallabies proceed to enactment with his nine Kintetsu Liners implicit his planetary availability.

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Cooper was a mixed container successful Oita portion connected Stan Sport All Blacks large Andrew Mehrtens described the Wallabies triumph arsenic a "backwards step" from their Rugby Championship performances.

"A small spot rusty. Fairly frustrating," Rennie admitted.

"We played a batch of bully footy, but we conscionable didn't footwear the shot enough.

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"There was a batch of abstraction wherever we could use pressure. We tended to overplay.

"We got immoderate bully spell forward, astir got sucked into going much phases erstwhile they had nary screen successful the backfield, truthful that was disappointing and we ended up putting ourselves nether pressure."

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