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Injured Rogers out of Tri-Nations

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SYDNEY, Australia -- Australia back Mat Rogers has been ruled out of next month's Tri-Nations Test in South Africa due to a knee injury.

"Mat will have an arthroscopy on his knee this Thursday and will be required to rest for up to two weeks following surgery," said Wallabies doctor Martin Raftery.

"He should be able to resume full training sometime between four and five weeks after the arthroscopy, which will give him the chance to prepare for the spring tour."

Scott Staniforth will replace Rogers in the 25-man squad which is due to depart for Johannesburg on Friday following a three-day training camp in Sydney.

The Test against South Africa at Ellis Park is on September 9.

"I've had (the injury) for a couple of weeks now and I was hoping it would have pulled up a bit better than it has (after the New Zealand Test)," Rogers said.

"I'm disappointed to miss out on the Springboks match because I feel that we've got a great chance of winning a test on their soil, which hasn't been done for a long time," he said.

Australia have not won a Test in South Africa since 2000. New Zealand have already sealed the Tri-Nations title.

Rogers will be sidelined for five weeks due to his impending knee surgery.

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