Moore out of Auckland Test
August 29, 2005

Stephen Moore has become the latest Wallaby casualty after a lower back injury ruled the hooker out of Saturday's Test against the All Blacks in Auckland with a lower back injury.

Moore, who complained of discomfort in his leg at training on Friday, which is believed to be related to a pre-existing lower back injury, will return to Brisbane today for an MRI scan and further prognosis.

His place in the squad has been taken by Adam Freier, who joined the team in camp in Coffs Harbour on Sunday.

Moore becomes the 17th player to be considered unavailable for selection due to injury and Coach Eddie Jones says while it's disappointing, it does present a good opportunity for Freier.

"It's another injury and another disappointment, but Adam has already had a taste of Test rugby and is looking forward to capitalizing on this latest opportunity," said Jones

"He's an enthusiastic player, and with another four or five new blokes in the squad at the moment there's certainly plenty of that out there in each session."

"The team training is well and looking forward to getting to Auckland on Thursday."

Prop Matt Dunning who is also in doubt with a back injury did not train today, and a decision on his fitness is expected to be made tomorrow, while loose forward Scott Fava was the only other causality this morning, missing the session with a virus.

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