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No Hooper, no worry for Wallabies, says flanker

RUGBY:  Flanker Scott Fardy says the Wallabies have the depth to cope without Michael Hooper after the vice-captain was banned from Sunday's clash.

Hooper was cited for alleged foul play against Mike Brown in the win over England last weekend and was given a one-match ban on Tuesday night.

If he does get wiped out, Fardy said he was confident the Wallabies had the players to step up to the plate in Hooper's absence.

"If another guy came in, if a Ben McCalman came in, we'd adapt straight into the shape that we play and do what we do well," Fardy said.

"We don't change anything on the training paddock, we just do the role that we've been given."

Top spot is up for grabs in the final group game with the winner set to avoid South Africa in the quarter-finals and New Zealand in the semi-finals.

Fardy said Wales captain Sam Warburton posed a threat at the breakdown, an area where the Wallabies held sway against England, but added everyone was ready for what the Welsh would bring.

"Warburton's got other strings to his bow," he said.

"He's probably a bit taller than most specialist sevens that we see in Australia.

"Our ruck work's efficient and we're doing a good job in that area."

Topics:  rugby wallabies world cup


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