7 Nov 2013

Kangaroos denied replacement for injured Lewis

5:59 am on 7 November 2013

The Australian rugby league team's request to replace the injured backrower Luke Lewis for the rest of the World Cup in England has been denied.

Lewis's campaign ended when he injured his shoulder slamming into an advertising sign during last weekend's win over Fiji.

Under tournament rules, teams are not usually allowed to replace injured players, but Australia were seeking special dispensation due to the circumstances of Lewis's injury.

But World Cup officials have denied the request because it's not regarded as an "exceptional circumstance".

Lewis has travelled to Dublin with the squad, but is expected to return to Australia next week at the request of his NRL club Cronulla.

The 30-year-old might need surgery which could threaten his availability for the start of next year's NRL season.