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Dempsey ruled out

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

SYDNEY - Australia were left counting the cost of an ugly 31-28 win in an exhibition match over the Barbarians on Saturday, with flanker Jack Dempsey ruled out of the northern hemisphere tour with an apparent hamstring injury.

Dempsey, one of only two starters from last week's win over the All Blacks named to play in the exhibition match, was assisted off the field late in the second half at Sydney Football Stadium.

"Whatever it is, it's serious," Wallabies coach Michael Cheika said.

"There's no doubt he'll be out of the tour. He's in a fair bit of pain. It's unfortunate his season is over."

Dempsey's injury is a huge blow for the Wallabies and heart-breaking for the 23-year-old who was man-of-the-match in the upset of the All Blacks in Brisbane last week. An imposing presence at the breakdown and composed with ball in hand, Dempsey made his test debut against Italy in June but made the blindside flanker position his own with a string of fine performances in the latter half of the Rugby Championship. Lukhan Tui also suffered a hamstring strain against the Alan Jones-coached Barbarians and fellow lock Rory Arnold is likely to be left off the tour after being forced out of the game with a knee injury.

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