Wallabies name tour squad for Springboks, Pumas
Injured trio Stephen Moore, Sitaleki Timani and Dominic Shipperley have been passed fit to travel with the Wallabies tour squad for South Africa and Argentina.
Coach Robbie Deans named a 28-man squad for the Rugby Championship away leg on Wednesday with the team to depart for Pretoria on Thursday morning.
Five-eighth Quade Cooper was ruled out of the final two matches with a knee problem on Tuesday that requires an operation, but Moore and Timani (hamstring) and Shipperley (dislocated finger) will make the trip.
All three players are expected to be available for selection for Australia’s first match on the tour, which comes against South Africa at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday September 29.
NSW Waratahs prop Paddy Ryan and Western Force winger Nick Cummins are the only uncapped players named in the squad.
Ryan and Cummins, who both featured in last weekend’s Shute Shield final in NSW club rugby, have trained with the national squad throughout the Rugby Championship without being required to don a jersey on match night.
Three squad players, centre Ben Tapuai, inside centre Mike Harris and second rower Rob Simmons won’t travel with the team on Thursday, after being released to participate in Sunday’s Brisbane club final between University and Sunnybank.
Once through that match, the trio will join the squad in Johannesburg next Tuesday.
The Wallabies depart for Johannesburg at 10am on Thursday.
Wallabies squad: Adam Ashley-Cooper (NSW Waratahs), Kurtley Beale (Melbourne Rebels), Digby Ioane (Queensland Reds), Dominic Shipperley (Queensland Reds), Nick Cummins (Western Force), Ben Tapuai (Queensland Reds), Anthony Faingaa (Queensland Reds), Pat McCabe (Brumbies), Berrick Barnes (NSW Waratahs), Mike Harris (Queensland Reds), Nick Phipps (Melbourne Rebels), Brett Sheehan (Western Force), 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), Sitaleki Timani (NSW Waratahs), Ben Alexander (Brumbies), Paddy Ryan (NSW Waratahs), James Slipper (Queensland Reds), Benn Robinson (NSW Waratahs), Saia Faingaa (Queensland Reds), Stephen Moore (Brumbies), Tatafu Polota Nau (NSW Waratahs).© AAP 2013
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