Wallabies star set to miss Rugby Championship

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Izack Rodda is acceptable to capable the 1.98m void near by Lukhan Salakaia-Loto passim the remainder of the Rugby Championship.

Lock Salakaia-Loto had already been ruled retired of Sunday's 3rd Bledisloe Cup Test successful Perth arsenic helium awaits the commencement of his child.

But Wallabies manager Dave Rennie revealed connected Stan Sport's Rugby Heaven that COVID-19 complications meant the Test regular would beryllium sidelined for overmuch longer than that.

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Lukhan Salakaia-Loto of the Wallabies takes lineout shot astatine Eden Park. (Getty)

"He's gone backmost to Sydney truthful the information that he'd person to quarantine for a mates of weeks coming back, he's astir apt improbable to play successful the Rugby Championship," Rennie said.

The Wallabies' last crippled of the Rugby Championship is against Argentina connected October 2.

Salakaia-Loto's lack is an evident stroke but it is offset by the instrumentality of Rodda.

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Izack Rodda wins lineout shot against the All Blacks astatine Eden Park. (Getty)

The 25-year-old is backmost connected the Rugby Australia payroll and successful the bully books aft a arguable determination to France which saw him autumn foul of Reds manager Brad Thorn.

He is yet to play nether Rennie but the manager said helium was primed for a Test recall.

"Izack Rodda… came retired of quarantine astir apt not rather wherever helium needed to be," Rennie said.

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"He's truly worked connected his power, explosiveness, agility, he's made truly bully strides.

"He's a beardown accidental to diagnostic connected the weekend."

Rennie volition uncover his squad connected Friday with different returning star, Samu Kerevi, successful enactment to regenerate different father-in-waiting, Hunter Paisami, successful Australia's midfield.

Samu Kerevi has been recalled to the Wallabies. (Getty)

"It's bully from Hunter's perspective, we'll spell backmost to Queensland (for the remainder of the Rugby Championship) truthful he'll beryllium capable to rejoin the squad astatine immoderate stage," Rennie said.

"Not truthful straightforward for Lukhan."

Rodda told reporters that helium had added other physicality to his crippled portion playing successful France for Lyon.

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"It's been a agelong travel that astir apt started this clip past twelvemonth erstwhile I left, but I'm precise pumped to beryllium back," Rodda said.

"I didn't expect it to hap this speedy astatine all, conscionable thought I'd beryllium successful Perth for the adjacent six months (training with caller nine the Force).

"But it's wherefore I'm back, it's a imagination of excavation to correspond the Wallabies."

Rieko Ioane, Sam Whitelock and Codie Taylor of the All Blacks execute the haka astatine Eden Park. (Getty)

The All Blacks are besides missing 3 dads-to-be successful Sam Whitelock, Aaron Smith and Richie Mo'unga.

But they person each sorts of replacement options including Scott Barrett, Patrick Tuipulotu, TJ Perenara, Brad Weber, Beauden Barrett and Damian McKenzie.

The Wallabies desperately request to assertion triumph astatine Optus Stadium to summation a foothold successful the Rugby Championship and enactment up assurance successful Rennie's rebuild job.

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"We've learnt a batch implicit the past mates of Bledisloes," Rennie said.

"We cognize we've got to beryllium amended for longer truthful looking guardant to the accidental to amusement that. Whoever they (All Blacks) propulsion successful determination they're beauteous lethal.

"We've talented them immoderate beauteous brushed points… intercepts, they're excessively bully to acquisition points.

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"We had a play of 11 minutes (in the 2nd Bledisloe Test) wherever we made 11 errors and they scored 17 points.

"We've got to beryllium resilient passim the 80.

"We privation to enactment a spot of scoreboard unit connected them and we haven't been capable to bash that."

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