Australia's head coach Michael Cheika attends a training session at the University of Bath on September 16, 2015, in Bath prior to the start of the Rugby World Cup 2015.
Australia's head coach Michael Cheika attends a training session at the University of Bath on September 16, 2015, in Bath prior to the start of the Rugby World Cup 2015. AFP Photo - Martin Bureau

Cheika to make tough decisions

WALLABIES coach Michael Cheika will have some selection headaches ahead of the crucial World Cup clash against England on Sunday morning after his second team ran in 11 tries in a 65-3 romp over Uruguay.

After resting flankers David Pocock and Michael Hooper, replacement Sean McMahon, 21, turned in a man-of-the match display with two tries, 66m gained and nine tackles at a 90% success rate.

Winger Drew Mitchell also put forward a strong case with a double which made him Australia's leading World Cup try-scorer with 12, three behind the all-time record set by All Black Jonah Lomu.

"There are a few players that definitely put their hand up for selection," Cheika said. "It's getting a bit ridiculous because every man-of-the-match we have is a seven or eight."

A hamstring injury to veteran No.8 Wycliff Palu may have eased one dilemma, while second-rower Will Skelton also injured his shoulder but could be available for selection against England which must win the game to keep its quarter-final hopes alive.

England has several of its own injury concerns, lock Courtney Lawes (knee), No.8 Billy Vunipola (knee), scrum- half Ben Youngs (ankle) and inside centre Jonathan Joseph (pectoral) under injury clouds.

In other results, Ireland beat Romania 44-10 in front a Cup record crowd of 89,267 at Wembley, and Scotland came from behind to beat the US 39-16.


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