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Rogers shrugs off wrist problem

By Jim Morton 09/11/2005 06:16:04 AM Comments (0)

Wallabies livewire Mat Rogers appears set to overcome a wrist problem to start in Saturday's rugby union Test against England at Twickenham.

Running at five-eighth in a vigorous full-contact team session in London, Rogers was tested physically but came through unscathed.

Coach Eddie Jones reported the exciting utility back was still suffering some soreness but should be right to start against England.

He had been rested from a light session on Tuesday after picking up the injury in the weekend's 26-16 loss to France in Marseille.

Rogers was among the Wallabies' best, starting on the wing before taking over from Matt Giteau at five-eighth midway through the second half.

His lengthy time at flyhalf in the cold and wet session at St Paul's College was an indicator he is likely to be preferred ahead of Giteau in the playmaking role.

"He trained pretty well. He's still a little bit sore but he should be fine," said Jones.

Former league winger Rogers came away on the four-Test European tour competing with Giteau for the No.10 jersey after impressing in his first and only match there against New Zealand in September.

The only Wallabies player not to take full part in the intense session was back-up hooker Adam Freier who is recovering from a groin injury.

Jones said Freier, who did some running and line-out work, was improving and should be right for a full session in Friday's captain's run at Twickenham.

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