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Mortlock to miss Australia tour

Australia centre Stirling Mortlock in training
Mortlock was stripped of the Australia captaincy in favour of Elsom

Former captain Stirling Mortlock has been ruled out of Australia's tour of Britain after suffering a setback in his recovery from a calf injury.

The problem was already due to keep the centre out of Saturday's match against England at Twickenham.

But the 32-year-old will now also miss the upcoming ties against Ireland, Wales and Scotland after aggravating the muscle on a training run.

The Wallabies have already lost fellow centres Rob Horne and Berrick Barnes.

Mortlock missed Australia's last four matches of the Tri-Nations series following a knee injury sustained against South Africa, but was recalled for the northern hemisphere tour before pulling a calf muscle in training.


Robbie Deans' Australia side finished bottom of the Tri-Nations table following five defeats in six matches.

Mortlock was recently stripped of the captain's armband in favour of former Leinster flanker Rocky Elsom.

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