Kurtley Beale (centre) has been named in the Wallabies squad for the Rugby World Cup semi-final despite carrying an injury.
Kurtley Beale (centre) has been named in the Wallabies squad for the Rugby World Cup semi-final despite carrying an injury. NZ Herald - Mark Mitchell

Beale faces late fitness test

AUSTRALIA will wait until the last possible moment to decide on whether star full-back Kurtley Beale is fit to play in Sunday's World Cup semi-final against New Zealand here at Eden Park.

The gifted Beale, one of the Wallabies most potent attackers, has been struggling with a hamstring injury and although included in the Australia team announced Friday was bracketed alongside utility back Adam Ashley-Cooper at No 15.

Cooper was similarly paired with Anthony Fainga'a in the centres.
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Anthony Fainga'a will slot into the midfield in a knock-on on effect should Beale ultimately be ruled out and Ashley-Cooper start at full-back.

If Beale is sidelined, the final effect of his absence on the Wallabies matchday 22 will be felt on the bench with centre Rob Horne set to be among the replacements after recovering from a facial fracture should Anthony Fainga'a be required to start.

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