Elsom out of Boks clash

Australian flanker is ruled out of Cape Town Test

By Adam Scott.   Last Updated: 28/07/09 9:04am

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Elsom: Knee injury hampers chances

Elsom: Knee injury hampers chances

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Wallabies flanker, Rocky Elsom, has been ruled out of the Tri-Nations Test against South Africa on 8th August.

The Australian who is yet to feature for the Wallabies this season has been forced to sit out yet another match after failing to recover from a knee injury.

However, Wallabies coach Robbie Deans is still optimistic that Elsom can return to his side sooner, rather than later.

"He got some work in over the weekend and hasn't had any setbacks as a result of that work, so he is progressing well," Deans said.

"Finally he's turning the corner, he won't be considered for Cape Town but the signs are pretty good after that."

Deans will be hoping his Australian side can rise to the occasion against South Africa after being outmuscled by New Zealand.

"If you don't accept the physical challenge from the Springboks then there won't be a lot to feed off, so that's one area where we are going to have to step up," added Deans.

"They are a very good side and they have been that for a while and they just exude belief."

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