Dane Haylett-Petty expecting Israel Folau to return for clash against Argentina

Israel Folau missed the last two games for Australia
Israel Folau missed the last two games for Australia
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Australia's Dane Haylett-Petty is expecting fullback Israel Folau to make a comeback from injury in the upcoming Rugby Championship clash against Argentina scheduled to be played in Gold Coast on 15th September.

Folau has been out of action since he sustained an ankle injury in the Bledisloe opener against New Zealand in Sydney and since then he missed the games against the All Blacks in Auckland followed by last weekend's encounter against South Africa in Brisbane.

Folau began his training on Tuesday but is yet to reach full fitness and Haylett-Petty believes the Waratahs star returning will be a boost to the Wallabies as they are desperate to bring their ongoing Rugby Championship campaign back on track.

“He was really close last week. He’s starting to return to contact throughout the week slowly and I’m expecting he’ll play," said Haylett-Petty, who was shifted to fullback after Folau's late withdrawal in last weekend's game.

“We know where Izzy is good. He is a great finisher, he can make something out of nothing.

"He is amazing in the air and I think just the calmness he brings and the confidence he gives to the team and the boys around him is always good to have someone like that in your team.

“I definitely enjoyed playing at 15 … but it would be great to have Izzy back. [He is] obviously one of the world’s best players.”

Meanwhile, David Pocock, who also missed the game against the Boks due to a neck injury has resumed training but is a doubtful starter for the game against Argentina this weekend.

 

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