15 Oct 2011

Wallabies' Beale ruled out of All Blacks clash

2:51 pm on 15 October 2011

Australia fullback Kurtley Beale has failed to prove his fitness and will miss the World Cup semi-final against the All Blacks at Eden Park on Sunday.

The 22-year-old aggravated a hamstring injury in the 11-9 quarter-final victory over South Africa last weekend but was named in the team on Friday on the proviso that he could prove his fitness on Saturday morning.

Beale, one of Australia's most potent attacking threats, failed to appear for a team photo at North Harbour Stadium on Saturday, however, and a team spokesperson later confirmed he would not play.

Adam Ashley-Cooper will move from centre to fullback with big-tackling Anthony Faingaa coming into partner Pat McCabe in midfield and Rob Horne taking a place among the replacements.

France play Wales in the first semi-final at Eden Park on Saturday.

Australian team

First XV Adam Ashley-Cooper, James O'Connor, Anthony Faingaa, Pat McCabe, Digby Ioane, Quade Cooper, Will Genia, Radike Samo, David Pocock, Rocky Elsom, James Horwill (captain), Dan Vickerman, Ben Alexander, Stephen Moore, Sekope Kepu

Reserves Tatafu Polota-Nau, James Slipper, Rob Simmons, Ben McCalman, Luke Burgess, Berrick Barnes, Rob Horne.