Wallabies squad for upcoming Tests announced
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Wallabies coach Robbie Deans. AAP Image/Dave Hunt
Robbie Deans and the Wallabies selectors have selected thirty nine players for the Wallabies train on squad ahead of the 2012 international season, starting against Scotland on June 5th.
The squad contains fourteen uncapped players, with a number expected to make their debut in the upcoming back-to-back matches between the Wallabies and Scotland and Wales.
Deans and his fellow selectors, coaching coordinator Tony McGahan and David Nucifora; will name the match night squad to play the Test against Scotland on June 3 – just two days before the game.
Deans is forced to delay the naming of the side until after the final Super Rugby match featuring Australian sides is played.
“We can’t finalise a side for that match until all of the games are played, and we are in a position to assess all of the players,” said Deans.
“Obviously we have preliminary ideas but the selection template is a living document. It can, and probably will change, as a result of events through the final round of Super Rugby before the international break.”
The manner in which selection plans can be disrupted was evidenced last evening with the hamstring injury suffered by Wallabies skipper James Horwill.
Although Horwill has assembled in Sydney and will have scans tomorrow, it is expected that he will be ruled out of the June Tests meaning that the Wallabies will have a new captain for those matches.
Flyhalf Kurtley Beale is also potentially in doubt after injuring his shoulder playing for the Melbourne Rebels in Wellington last night.
Beale had scans this evening, and while he has still been selected, a time-scale as to when he can return to training and play is still to be determined.
The injury cloud over Beale, and the existing injury which has sidelined James O’Connor, has resulted in the selection of Quade Cooper, even though the Queensland Reds flyhalf has had just 120 minutes of playing time in his comeback from the knee ligaments he ruptured at last year’s Rugby World Cup.
While acknowledging that Cooper was short of match play, Deans says that calling him into training with the national squad will help assist with bringing him up to speed for a return to a Test arena.
In a move aimed to get the squad together early, members of the squad from the Queensland Reds and Western Force are already in Sydney, to be joined midweek by the players from the other sides.
The squad will spend Wednesday preparing for the upcoming Tests, returning to their respective state sides to prepare for the upcoming Super Rugby round.
Wallabies coach Robbie Deans thanked the franchises for releasing the players.
“The cooperation of the franchises has been considerable and we appreciate that,” said Deans.
“We’ve obviously sought to have as little disruption to their campaigns as is possible, but the solution provided by utilising the training day off does at least allow us to get the players started – both with organisational logistics and training background – as we will have to hit the ground running once the final group gathers.”
The Wallabies train on squad is:
|Adam Ashley-Cooper||Fullback-Wing-Outside Centre||NSW Waratahs||28||64|
|Berrick Barnes||Flyhalf/Inside Centre||NSW Waratahs||26||37|
|Kurtley Beale||Fullback||Melbourne Rebels||23||24|
|Quade Cooper||Flyhalf||Queensland Reds||23||35|
|Dave Dennis||Loose Forward||NSW Waratahs||26||Uncapped|
|Kane Douglas||Lock||NSW Waratahs||22||Uncapped|
|Anthony Faingaa||Inside Centre||Queensland Reds||25||14|
|Saia Faingaa||Hooker||Queensland Reds||25||16|
|Bernard Foley||Flyhalf/Fullback||NSW Waratahs||22||Uncapped|
|Will Genia||Halfback||Queensland Reds||24||34|
|Michael Harris||Inside Centre||Queensland Reds||23||Uncapped|
|Scott Higginbotham||Loose forward||Queensland Reds||25||11|
|Rob Horne||Centre||NSW Waratahs||22||9|
|Digby Ioane||Wing||Queensland Reds||26||21|
|Sekope Kepu||Prop||NSW Waratahs||26||14|
|Salesi Ma’afu||Prop||Western Force||29||14|
|Pat McCabe||Inside Centre||Brumbies||24||11|
|Ben McCalman||Loose Forward||Western Force||24||21|
|Luke Morahan||Fullback||Queensland Reds||22||Uncapped|
|Cadeyrn Neville||Lock||Melbourne Rebels||23||Uncapped|
|Wycliff Palu||No 8||NSW Waratahs||29||38|
|Nick Phipps||Halfback||Melbourne Rebels||23||3|
|David Pocock||Flanker||Western Force||24||40|
|Tatafu Polota-Nau||Hooker||NSW Waratahs||26||32|
|Hugh Pyle||Lock||Melbourne Rebels||22||Uncapped|
|Benn Robinson||Prop||NSW Waratahs||27||42|
|Nathan Sharpe||Lock||Western Force||34||101|
|Dominic Shipperley||Wing||Queensland Reds||21||Uncapped|
|Rob Simmons||Lock||Queensland Reds||23||16|
|James Slipper||Prop||Queensland Reds||22||22|
|Sitaleki Timani||Lock||NSW Waratahs||25||1|
|Cooper Vuna||Wing||Melbourne Rebels||24||Uncapped|
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