2022-08-12 21:04:00

The Wallabies’ nightmare injury curse has struck yet again as hooker Folau Fainga’a became the latest star to enter the casualty ward.

Fainga’a will miss the second Test against Argentina due to concussion and his absence places Lachlan Lonergan into the starting line-up and hands potential debutant Billy Pollard a place on the bench.

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The 27-year-old copped a whack to the head in a training session on Thursday before failing a concussion test on Friday morning, ruling him out of the clash.

He now joins Dave Porecki, Michael Hooper, Quade Cooper, Hunter Paisami and Allan Ala’alatoa as the other Wallabies who have flown home because of injuries or personal reasons.

With Fainga’a ruled out, Lonergan, who has just six Tests to his name, will earn his first Wallabies start having made his debut in 2021.

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Pollard, who has just eight Super Rugby games under his belt for the ACT Brumbies, only linked up with the squad last week as injury cover for starting hooker Porecki.

Wallabies skipper James Slipper backed the duo to deliver on the park and is hoping the “enthusiasm” they bring will prove to be infectious with the squad.

“I have a lot of confidence in both of them,” Slipper told reporters on Friday.

“Lonners has been playing really well this year and it is another good opportunity for him.

“It’s his first start for the Wallabies, and one thing you know about ‘Noss’ is that he looks very calm, but when he’s out there he goes full throttle. I am really excited to see how he goes.

“Billy obviously came over late. He has been using my scrum boots all week so I am not even sure if he has his own boots.

“He is a talented young guy who is really excited and you can tell how pumped he is. What you get from youth is that enthusiasm and I reckon both of them will bring heaps.”

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