1 Oct 2012

Wallabies positve despite horrific injury toll

6:49 pm on 1 October 2012

The Wallabies hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau says pride in the gold jumper will ensure the battered Australian troops lift for their final Rugby Championship Test against Argentina.

The Wallabies suffered a shocking injury toll in their 31-8 loss to South Africa - the worst being Berrick Barnes, who was left behind with the team doctor in Johannesburg with a punctured lung.

Utility back Adam Ashley-Cooper flew home to Sydney after being knocked out cold in the match.

Back-rower Radike Samo (shoulder) and winger Digby Ioane (knee) travelled with the team but are also in some doubt.

Queensland Reds back Luke Morahan and Melbourne Rebels lock Cadeyrn Neville will join the squad for the Rosario Test in central Argentina, although Morahan could be delayed with visa issues, with Neville's processed when he was initially with the Wallabies squad.

Polota-Nau was unable to turn his head the day after the game due to neck and back soreness but believed he would recover in time to take on the Pumas, who will be looking to rebound from a 54-15 loss to New Zealand.

The New South Wales rake said the way his teammates never gave up when they were down on numbers and a hiding was in the offing was an inspiration.