Wallabies McCabe, Ioane ruled out of Lions series
Jun. 25, 2013
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australian backs Digby Ioane and Pat McCabe have been ruled out of the remainder of the series against the British and Irish Lions after picking up injuries in the 23-21 loss last weekend.
Ioane hurt his right shoulder but finished the first test, when Australia lost four backline players to injuries and had to move flanker Michael Hooper into the midfield and play replacement halfback Nick Phipps on the wing in the second half.
Ioane will have scans on his shoulder and may require surgery. McCabe hurt his neck, aggravating a similar injury he sustained last year, and will consult specialists in Sydney this week.
Berrick Barnes has been ruled out of this Saturday's second test after leaving the field with a concussion and injured jaw last weekend, while Adam Ashley-Cooper and Christian Leali'ifano remain in doubt for the Melbourne match.
Ashley-Cooper hurt his shoulder joint but tests on Monday ruled out serious damage. Leali'ifano's test debut lasted 52 seconds against the Lions after he concussed himself attempting to tackle opposing center Jonathan Davies. He was carried from the field but later given the all clear, and kept out of the remainder of the match as a precaution.
The Australian Rugby Union said Leali'ifano could be considered for selection for the second test, although Ben Tapuai has been drafted into the training squad as injury cover.
The Australians are due to announce a squad for the second test on Thursday, with most concern over the structure of the backline with the number of injuries and James O'Connor's transition to flyhalf.
O'Connor missed three kicks at goal and replacement fullback Kurtley Beale, another option at No. 10, missed two in the last five minutes — including one as the full-time series that could have won the first test for Australia.