Wallabies training squad for Perth Test vs Springboks announced
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The Wallabies training squad for The Rugby Championship & Nelson Mandela Challenge Plate Test against the Springboks in Perth has been announced.
NSW Waratahs prop Paddy Ryan and Western Force winger Nick Cummins have been added to the Wallabies training group which will assemble in Perth on Sunday ahead of the resumption of The Rugby Championship.
The pair have both previously been involved with the Wallabies this year, although Ryan missed some training time due to injury.
A squad of 31 has been named with Queensland Reds winger Dominic Shipperley and Reds teammate, midfield back Ben Tapuai, both coming back into the training squad.
Cummins and Shipperley will be seeking to replace injured winger Drew Mitchell.
Uncapped Queensland Reds loose forward Jake Schatz has also been ruled out due to a shoulder problem and will undergo further scans before a course of rehabilitation is charted.
Brumbies inside centre Pat McCabe makes a welcome return, after injury ruled him out of the two Bledisloe Cup Tests but won’t be considered for selection until Australia’s match against Argentina at Skilled Park on the Gold Coast on September 15 at the earliest.
Six players – Caderyn Neville, Radike Samo, Mike Harris, Rob Simmons, Saia Fainga’a and Ben Tapuai, will tune up for their commitments in Perth playing club rugby in their home states tomorrow.
The match squad of 22 players for the Perth Test will be named Tuesday afternoon.
Australia has won its last four Tests against South Africa and will set a new record for the most consecutive wins achieved against the Springboks should the Wallabies win in Perth.
Unbeaten in 2012, the South African squad, under new coach Heyneke Meyer, arrives in Perth on Sunday.
The Wallabies training squad which will assemble in Perth on Sunday to prepare for The Rugby Championship/Nelson Mandela Challenge Plate Test match against South Africa at Patersons Stadium on Saturday September 8 is:
Adam Ashley-Cooper (NSW Waratahs), Kurtley Beale (Melbourne Rebels), Digby Ioane (Queensland Reds), Dominic Shipperley (Queensland Reds), Nick Cummins (Western Force), Rob Horne (NSW Waratahs), Ben Tapuai (Queensland Reds), Anthony Fainga’a (Queensland Reds), Mike Harris (Queensland Reds), Pat McCabe (Brumbies), Berrick Barnes (NSW Waratahs), Quade Cooper (Queensland Reds), Nick Phipps (Melbourne Rebels), Will Genia (Queensland Reds, captain), Scott Higginbotham (Queensland Reds), Radike Samo (Queensland Reds), Michael Hooper (Brumbies), Liam Gill (Queensland Reds), Dave Dennis (NSW Waratahs), Rob Simmons (Queensland Reds), Nathan Sharpe (Western Force), Kane Douglas (NSW Waratahs), Caderyn Neville (Melbourne Rebels), Sitaleki Timani (NSW Waratahs), Ben Alexander (Brumbies), Paddy Ryan (NSW Waratahs), James Slipper (Queensland Reds), Benn Robinson (NSW Waratahs), Saia Fainga’a (Queensland Reds), Stephen Moore (Brumbies), Tatafu Polota Nau (NSW Waratahs).
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