Brown injury fears allayed

Wallabies forward hopes to be back for Springboks clash

Last Updated: 22/07/09 9:57am

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Brown: Not as bad as first thought

Brown: Not as bad as first thought

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Richard Brown is confident of recovering from an ankle injury sustained against New Zealand in time for the Wallabies' next Tri-Nations match against South Africa in just over a fortnight's time.

The back-rower was forced from the field with what he first feared was a broken right ankle midway through the second half of Saturday's 22-16 loss to the All Blacks.

However, Brown now expects to be back in full training early next week and hopes to play against the Springboks in Cape Town on August 8.

"The first thoughts were it was going to be pretty bad but all the x-rays and MRI scans (revealed) it was just a few bruised joints in my foot," he said.

Brown also conceded that the Australia squad was struggling to come to terms with their first loss of the season after once again surrendering a half-time lead against the Kiwis.

"Everyone was pretty blue, pretty glum over the weekend, it's not something that I certainly didn't swallow easily, but I think hopefully we can use that disappointment to our advantage," he said.

Fisticuffs

That disappointment was apparent during Australia's first training session since the loss on Wednesday, which ended with front-rowers Stephen Moore and Ben Alexander engaged in a bout of fisticuffs.

The two-and-a-half-hour session at Brookvale Oval threatened to erupt when the Brumbies duo became entangled on the ground after crossing paths in a competitive training drill.

Brown had a front-row seat for the incident but preferred to play it down.

"Anyone under fatigue gets a bit grumpy, I wouldn't want to be pushing 'Moorey' around so I'll leave it up to them," he said.

"I think a bit of that can be healthy...I see no problem with that."

Star flyhalf Matt Giteau said of the heated exchange: "It's good isn't it, luckily I was nowhere to be seen I was on the wing.

"I think that's good, it shows the fire's still there and training intensity's right up so I think it's a good thing."

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