Robbie Deans upbeat over injured Australian duo
Last Updated: 16/06/13 9:26am
Injured Wycliff Palu not ruled out of facing Lions next weekend
Robbie Deans is confident Wycliff Palu and Kurtley Beale will be available for next Saturday's opening Test against the British and Irish Lions.
Palu has been troubled by a knee problem and missed training on Friday, while Beale was also sidelined due to an unspecified injury.
Coach Deans will name his team to face the Lions on Thursday but he said: "Wycliff and Kurtley missed some sections of training.
"Most importantly they were involved to some degree, which is progress from where they have been.
"Palu has made good progress and is being considered."