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Surf lay day called with Aussie men poised

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A second straight lay day has been called at the Rio Pro with five Aussie men including world No.2 Jack Robinson still in the contest.

STEPHANIE GILMORE. Picture: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

Five Australian men including current world No.2 Jack Robinson remain in the hunt at the World Surf League Rio Pro with a second lay day called on Sunday.

While the women are down to the semi-finals, with Australians Stephanie Gilmore, Isabella Nichols and Sally Fitzgibbons already bowing out, the men are set to contest the round of 16 at Saquarema.

West Australian Robinson is bidding for his third title this year after winning tour events at his home break of Margaret River and G-Land in Indonesia.

He will take on Brazilian youngster Mateus Herdy, who got a start as an injury replacement.

Callum Robson, ranked eight, and Jackson Baker will meet in an all-Australian clash while world No. 7 Ethan Ewing takes on Brazilian Yago Dora.

Connor O'Leary faces South African Matthew McGillivray in his round of 16 match-up.

Gilmore, who won the last tour event in El Salvador, fell to Nichols in the elimination round on Friday in a blow to her bid for an eighth world title.

Nichols was then defeated by local hope Tatiana Weston-Webb in the quarter-finals while former Rio champion Fitzgibbons was ousted by France's Johanne Defay at the same stage.

Weston-Webb will meet five-time world champion Carissa Moore in the semi-finals while Defay takes on Hawaiian Gabriela Bryan.

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