TOKYO – Tevita Kuridrani is on track to be fit for Australia's Rugby World Cup opener against Fiji but fellow centre Jordan Petaia may not be available until their third group match against Uruguay, coach Michael Cheika said on Wednesday.
Both players are battling hamstring strains but Petaia's injury needed a longer recovery and could see the uncapped teenager ruled out of the second match against Pool D rivals Wales, Cheika said at training in Odawara, Japan.
"I think Tevita is running nearly back at full pace so I'm hopeful he's going to be right for selection next weekend," Cheika told local reporters.
"Our target for Jordan is a couple of weeks later. If not Wales, the one after but we're hopeful it will be for Wales."
Twice World Cup winners Australia play Fiji in Sapporo on Sept. 21 before meeting Wales in Tokyo eight days later and Uruguay on Oct. 5.