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USA wing James Paterson left the World Cup match against Russia late in the first half, to be replaced by Blaine Scully.

Paterson left the game holding his right arm in a gingerly manner, and after the match Head Coach Eddie O’Sullivan said the injury could perhaps have been worse.

Paterson suffered a stinger, which is painful, but not usually a long-term problem. O’Sullivan stressed that the injury was not related to Paterson’s pectoral muscle injury that held him out of selection earlier in August.

O'Sulilvan said "we feel quite confident he will be ready for Australia."

The Eagles have eight days before they face Australia in Wellington.