Injury Will Keep Australian Full-Back Kurtley Beale Out of Rugby World Cup

Australia full-back Kurtley Beale will miss tomorrow’s Rugby World Cup semifinal against New Zealand after failing to recover from a hamstring injury, tournament organizers said.

Beale, who has twice left the field with the same hamstring strain during the tournament, will be replaced at full-back by Adam Ashley-Cooper for the match at Auckland’s Eden Park, with Anthony Fainga’a coming in at outside center.

“Unfortunately been ruled out,” Beale, who was voted as Australian rugby’s best player by his fellow professionals last month, said on his Twitter feed. “A little unlucky but that’s rugby. Not giving up. Ran well today.”

Center Rob Horne will take Fainga’a’s place on the replacements’ bench.

AUSTRALIA: 15. Adam Ashley-Cooper, 14. James O’Connor, 13. Anthony Fainga’a, 12. Pat McCabe, 11. Digby Ioane, 10. Quade Cooper, 9. Will Genia, 8. Radike Samo, 7. David Pocock, 6. Rocky Elsom, 5. James Horwill (captain) 4. Dan Vickerman, 3. Ben Alexander, 2. Stephen Moore, 1. Sekope Kepu.

Replacements: 16. Tatafu Polota Nau, 17. James Slipper, 18. Rob Simmons, 19. Ben McCalman, 20. Luke Burgess, 21. Berrick Barnes, 22. Rob Horne.

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