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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Wallaby Beale out of World Cup semi-final

AUCKLAND: Injured full-back Kurtley Beale said Saturday he will not be playing for Australia in their World Cup semi-final against the All Blacks in Auckland on Sunday.

Beale, who has failed to overcome a hamstring injury this week, said on Twitter Saturday: "Thanks everyone for their support. Unfortunately been ruled out (sic).

"I've got faith in the boys who have got the opportunity."

Beale's unavailability means that utility Adam Ashley-Cooper will move to the full-back position, with Anthony Fainga'a promoted from the bench to outside-centre alongside Pat McCabe.

Rob Horne, who fractured his cheekbone against the USA three weeks ago, joins the seven-man replacements bench. (AFP)

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