Wallabies sweating on fitness of Marika Koroibete. Pic: Dave Hunt/AAP
Wallabies sweating on fitness of Marika Koroibete. Pic: Dave Hunt/AAP

Look away now Wallabies fans

JUST when you thought things couldn't get any worse for the Wallabies, a fresh injury crisis has forced the Australians to call in two extra bodies for this weekend's must win clash against Argentina.

Needing to beat the Pumas to avoid the humiliation of finishing last in the Rugby Championship standings, the Wallabies have already lost hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau and replacement back Jack Maddocks and are now sweating on the fitness of winger Marika Koroibete.

Koroibete has improved his understanding of the game. Picture: AAP Image
Koroibete has improved his understanding of the game. Picture: AAP Image

Polota-Nau pulled out of last weekend's Test in South Africa because of his dodgy hamstring and returned to his base in England while his replacement Tolu Latu was told to hop on the first plane out of Australia and meet the team in Buenos Aires.

Uncapped Melbourne Rebels utility back Billy Meakes was also ordered to get himself to Argentina in a hurry after Jack Maddocks was sent home with an injured finger.

Maddocks hurt his finger at training in the lead up to the Test against the Springboks then aggravated the injury when he came on to replace winger Marika Koroibete.

While the rest of the Wallabies headed to Argentina, Maddocks parted ways with his teammates at Johannesburg airport to head straight home as Meakes was given the call to head to South America.

Utility Billy Meakes is winging it to Argentina as injury cover. Picture: Getty Images
Utility Billy Meakes is winging it to Argentina as injury cover. Picture: Getty Images
Jack Maddocks headed home from Johannesburg airport after injuring is finger. Picture: Getty Images
Jack Maddocks headed home from Johannesburg airport after injuring is finger. Picture: Getty Images

Although the Australians are confident Koroibete will play against the Pumas, he still has to be given a medical clearance to resume playing after suffering a head knock in the loss to South Africa.

Koroibete failed a mandatory head injury assessment when he left the field in the first half so has to pass tests this week in order to play against the Pumas.

The one bit of good news for the Australian outside backs is that Israel Folau has been cleared for lift-off after World Rugby officials passed a new law requiring lifters to take responsibility for getting their teammates back to the ground safely.

The rule means Folau, who was suspended for one match after an aerial collision with Ireland captain Peter O'Mahony in June, will be free to jump as high as he likes against the Pumas this weekend.

"I think that's great," Australian fullback Dane Haylett-Petty said. "I think we can't be stopping people from contesting.

"It's a sport where you try and make everything a contest and especially for us having Izzy who's the world's best in the air.

"It's definitely an area of the game that we want to contest and I think it's definitely up to that player to provide safety for his player and I'm glad World Rugby's done that."