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Wary Wallabies three captains down

Will Genia is treated for an injury during the Rugby Championship match against South Africa.

Will Genia is treated for an injury during the Rugby Championship match against South Africa. Photo: Getty Images

THE Wallabies are pondering whether it is wise to announce officially another captain after Will Genia became their third Test skipper in a row to suffer a season-ending injury.

As Wallabies centre Adam Ashley-Cooper said yesterday: ''I certainly won't be putting my hand up for the captaincy. It's a curse.''

Genia will be sidelined for at least six months after damaging his right knee at virtually the same time that prop Ben Alexander scored the match-winning try that enabled the Wallabies to overhaul South Africa 26-19 at Subiaco Oval on Saturday night.

Genia twisted his knee when he landed after taking a high ball in the 71st minute. It twisted again when he was then hit in the tackle, forcing him to beckon immediately for medical attention.

''I heard three cracks … I'm gutted, really disappointed. But, at the same time, with the Test victory, the feeling is bittersweet,'' Genia said yesterday.

Genia follows original Test captain James Horwill and his replacement, David Pocock, to the sidelines for a long period. Now the Wallabies have no one left of their original 2012 leadership group - Horwill, Pocock, Genia, Pat McCabe and James O'Connor.

And Wallabies coach Robbie Deans is in no rush to name a new leadership contingent because of the fear it will further jinx a group that has been decimated by injuries this season.

''I don't think we will have a formal leader any more. We might just have someone who leads the group out the tunnel, and then have a meeting involving a few good men on Monday morning to discuss the week,'' he said.

Nick Phipps will take over the halfback duties against Argentina on the Gold Coast on Saturday night, while the feisty Western Force No. 9 Brett Sheehan has been called in to be his backup. It will be no surprise if Sheehan gets plenty of game time against the Pumas as his combative nature would be ideal against this confrontational opponent.

A new second rower will also be required as Sitaleki Timani is expected to be unavailable after suffering a minor hamstring strain. The most likely scenario is that Rob Simmons will move into the starting XV, with Deans explaining yesterday it was unlikely Dave Dennis would be transferred from the back row to cover the vacant lock spot.

Timani is almost as big a loss as Genia, as the Waratahs second rower easily has been the team's most consistent performer in the past three Tests. Deans knows he will miss Timani's aggression and attention to detail.

Although he was delighted his team repeatedly repelled the Springboks in the final 20 minutes, Deans was unimpressed they earlier had not followed instructions, and kept chip-kicking away possession

''Our kicking wasn't always the sharpest,'' Deans said. ''It all revolves around when you kick, why you're kicking. There's no doubt we made our job more difficult last night. Some of our kicking has been the result of anxiety.''

Ashley-Cooper knows exactly what his coach is talking about.

''We gave the South Africans too much easy ball with our general kicking,'' Ashley-Cooper said. ''Last night, there were times we did not execute the kick well enough.''

Rugby World Cup 2015

Round 1
Sat, 19 SepTimes shown AEST
ENG 0vs FJI 0 05:00Twic
TGA 0vs GEO 0 21:00Kholm
IRE 0vs CAN 0 23:30MilS
Sun, 20 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs JPN 0 01:45Brig
FRA 0vs ITA 0 05:00Twic
SAM 0vs USA 0 21:00Brig
WAL 0vs URU 0 23:30MilS
Mon, 21 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs ARG 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 23 SepTimes shown AEST
SCO 0vs JPN 0 23:30Kholm
Thu, 24 SepTimes shown AEST
AUS 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs ROM 0 05:00Olym
Fri, 25 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs NAM 0 05:00Olym
Sat, 26 SepTimes shown AEST
ARG 0vs GEO 0 01:45Kholm
ITA 0vs CAN 0 23:30Ella
Sun, 27 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SAM 0 01:45Villa
ENG 0vs WAL 0 05:00Twic
AUS 0vs URU 0 21:00Villa
SCO 0vs USA 0 23:30Ella
Mon, 28 SepTimes shown AEST
IRE 0vs ROM 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 30 SepTimes shown AEST
TGA 0vs NAM 0 01:45Sand
Fri, 02 OctTimes shown AEST
WAL 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs CAN 0 05:00stadium:mk
Sat, 03 OctTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs GEO 0 05:00MilS
SAM 0vs JPN 0 23:30stadium:mk
Sun, 04 OctTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SCO 0 01:45St James' Park
ENG 0vs AUS 0 06:00Twic
Mon, 05 OctTimes shown AEDT
ARG 0vs TGA 0 00:30KPS
IRE 0vs ITA 0 02:45Olym
Wed, 07 OctTimes shown AEDT
CAN 0vs ROM 0 02:45KPS
FJI 0vs URU 0 06:00stadium:mk
Thu, 08 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAF 0vs USA 0 02:45Olym
NAM 0vs GEO 0 06:00Sand
Sat, 10 OctTimes shown AEDT
NZL 0vs TGA 0 06:00St James' Park
Sun, 11 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAM 0vs SCO 0 00:30St James' Park
AUS 0vs WAL 0 02:45Twic
ENG 0vs URU 0 06:00Manch
ARG 0vs NAM 0 22:00KPS
Mon, 12 OctTimes shown AEDT
ITA 0vs ROM 0 00:30Sand
FRA 0vs IRE 0 02:45MilS
USA 0vs JPN 0 06:00Kholm
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Round 2
Sun, 18 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinB 0vs RUpA 0 02:00Twic
WinC 0vs RUpD 0 06:00MilS
WinD 0vs RUpC 0 23:00MilS
Mon, 19 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinA 0vs RUpB 0 02:00Twic
Sun, 25 OctTimes shown AEDT
WQF1 0vs WQF2 0 02:00Twic
Mon, 26 OctTimes shown AEDT
WQF3 0vs WQF4 0 03:00Twic
Sat, 31 OctTimes shown AEDT
LSF1 0vs LSF2 0 07:00Olym
Sun, 01 NovTimes shown AEDT
WSF1 0vs WSF2 0 03:00Twic
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
France 0 0 0 0 0 0
New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0 0
Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tonga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Romania 0 0 0 0 0 0
Argentina 0 0 0 0 0 0
England 0 0 0 0 0 0
Georgia 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0
USA 0 0 0 0 0 0
Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Fiji 0 0 0 0 0 0
Samoa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Namibia 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wales 0 0 0 0 0 0
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