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Christian Lealiifano out of Bledisloe Cup clash
ESPN Staff
October 14, 2013

Australia centre Christian Lealiifano will miss this weekend's Bledisloe Cup game against New Zealand because of an ankle injury. He has played all nine matches this year since making his test debut against the British and Irish Lions in June.

"New Zealand in their own back yard is a tough proposition, it doesn't matter when it is, but it's also a great challenge and we're looking forward to it," coach Ewen McKenzie said. "They've got some very strong bits and pieces to their game but we have an idea of how we want to go about it. We'll have a couple of changes now [flanker] Scott Fardy's out and Lealiifano won't make the game either."

Lealiifano said he was certain he would be available to face England at Twickenham on November 2.

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