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    Queensland Reds sharp-shooter Mike Harris can elevate himself onto the Wallabies bench by piloting University to a Queensland club premiership on Sunday.

    New Zealand product Harris will play just his third match for Uni in the grand final against defending premiers Sunnybank at Ballymore but has a huge role to play.

    The goalkicking No.10 or 12 returns to the five-eighth position where he stared the year for the Reds in a match which doubles as a Test audition for him.

    Quade Cooper’s knee injury will see Kurtley Beale promoted to the Wallabies starting 15 to play South Africa in Pretoria on September 30, leaving a spare spot on the bench.

    With just 10 minutes of on-field action over the past month, Harris is delighted Test coach Robbie Deans has allowed him a late Tuesday flight to the Republic.

    “I’m really excited about it,” he told AAP.

    “Obviously I haven’t played a lot of rugby for the Wallabies so the chance to get some footy in and to play in a grand final is huge.

    “I’m definitely excited to have a go at 10. I haven’t played a lot there this year so it’s good.

    “With Quade needing another operation it opens up a spot and hopefully I have a good showing in the grand final in the 10 jersey to prove my wares and push for that bench spot.

    “I definitely want to grab the chance.”

    Harris will line up against fellow Wallabies squad-members Ben Tapuai and Rob Simmons who will team up for Sunnybank.

    It’s a battle of the 2010 champions (Uni) against the 2011 premiers and both enter the clash in strong form following respective thumpings of Brothers.

    Uni will also feature Reds players James Hanson and Luke Morahan while the Dragons boast Queensland props Greg Holmes and Albert Anae and Melbourne Rebels fullback Richard Kingi.

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    • September 22nd 2012 @ 6:01am
      Johnno said | September 22nd 2012 @ 6:01am | ! Report

      aussie deans
      aussie genia
      aussie digby
      aussie pocock
      aussie vickerman
      aussie gregan
      aussie kefu brothers
      aussie timani brothers
      aussie noriaga and topo rodregiuz
      aussie Lote tiquri
      aussie quade
      aussie james tamou
      aussie willie mason

      funny not many foreign born cricketers have played for OZ , yet england cricket has many rent a poms. funny that. and peony of aussy rent a palms over the years eg martin mcague, hollioke brothers, and craig white, jason callaghan to name a few. oh yes that huh grade standard wicket keeper in Australia geriant jones too lol.

    • September 22nd 2012 @ 6:52am
      Johnno said | September 22nd 2012 @ 6:52am | ! Report

      oh id also add a few russian pole vaulters that beautiful russian woman tatiana and her then boyfriend was also a star russian pole vaulter. Gotta love the aussy bulgarian weightlifters richard they were funny. Kostya Tsu too is russian.

      Heck i will add too star aussy hooker jeremy paul lol born in NZ, and aussy steve moore born in saudi arabia
      aussy props aussy Glen panaho and ausssy pek cowman both also born in NZ
      and aussy radike Samo lol born in Fiji
      And aussy brendon julian cricketer born in NZ lol

      Wallabies may as well be called not the QANTAS wallabies but the United Nations Wallabies lol.

    • September 22nd 2012 @ 7:11am
      Mr Red said | September 22nd 2012 @ 7:11am | ! Report

      Kiwi trolls – your beloved ABs are full of islanders too. Shame we let so many of you in. Unwanted back home eh bro?

      • September 22nd 2012 @ 9:15am
        garth said | September 22nd 2012 @ 9:15am | ! Report

        Of course the AB’s are full of Islanders. After all, New Zealand IS a polynesian island nation. We are all Islanders.

        • September 22nd 2012 @ 10:19am
          Pug said | September 22nd 2012 @ 10:19am | ! Report

          Australia is a mixing pot of cultures. We are a nation of migrants. That’s represented in our sporting teams

          • September 22nd 2012 @ 11:39am
            stillmatic1 said | September 22nd 2012 @ 11:39am | ! Report

            every country is a mixing pot, pug. but hardly “multicultural” in the way the word likes to be used. australia is an anglo country with a smattering of other people, not a multicultural country.

            and why do people assume that NZ shouldnt have polynesians? never heard of the moriori or maori? where do they come from? and when did anglo people arrive? before or after? i know white people like to forget about the aboriginal inhabitants of australia, but geez, NZ was, and is, a polynesian country with a heap of white people. why would maori think to live in the deep south of NZ? its too damn cold. left it for us nice scottish and irish stock, cos its too darn warm in the north for us!! and this is the story of NZ. chuck a few civil wars in there and some guy climbing a mountain and a few sheep, and there you have it.

            • September 22nd 2012 @ 11:44am
              pug said | September 22nd 2012 @ 11:44am | ! Report

              My point was that Australia has a high migrant population. That high migrant population is represented in our rugby and sporting teams.

              • September 22nd 2012 @ 11:53am
                stillmatic1 said | September 22nd 2012 @ 11:53am | ! Report

                yes i agree pug. most of my post was in reply to MR Red, not a stab at you. the whole of idea of being “multicultural” has always seemd to be a politcal thing, not one based on reality, or that australia is somehow more “multicultural” than anyone else.

      • September 22nd 2012 @ 12:15pm
        Kuruki said | September 22nd 2012 @ 12:15pm | ! Report

        Mr Red name one current All Black who is not a New Zealander by birth? I am interested to know as i genuinely can’t think of one.

        • September 22nd 2012 @ 12:32pm
          Jerry said | September 22nd 2012 @ 12:32pm | ! Report

          I believe the only current AB not born in NZ is Ben Franks, but his parents are Kiwis so he’d still be an NZer by birth.

          So none, then.

          • September 22nd 2012 @ 12:35pm
            barcode said | September 22nd 2012 @ 12:35pm | ! Report

            the all blacks do have a history of foreign players

    • September 22nd 2012 @ 7:11am
      Rugby Tragic said | September 22nd 2012 @ 7:11am | ! Report

      Australia flourished under its immigration policies and is, like it or not, a multi-national society. It’s wealth has been garnished largely by the welcome immigrants who made a choice of ‘wanting’ to live here and have contributed to the development of this country.

      The sports men and women who live here irrespective of their country of birth surely are no different. To single out or quarantine these talented people is grossly insulting to them. They will remember their roots, as we all do, but they made a choice and I think this country is much richer for that.

      In case anyone wonders, I was borne in NZ, nearly 70 years ago. My wife is Australian and after a stint in NZ for her and other countries we settled back in Aussie nearly 30 years ago. What has that to do with rugby or sports? – absolutely nothing other than to indicate that I made a choice.

      Back to rugby, of course I play the code to the best of my ability (which was not so great) but above that I rose to follow the code over many years. Today I attend to as many matches as I can both Super 15 matches and internationals. I travel often to watch matches. While I still follow the All Blacks, I think I attend more Wallaby matches than most Australians! I live for the game!

      Yes, I am critical of certain players and coaches, and have an opinion,I guess I would not be human if I didn’t. But I never, criticise an athlete as a result of his origins.

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    • September 22nd 2012 @ 9:22am
      Shungmao said | September 22nd 2012 @ 9:22am | ! Report


      Love the banter!


      Personally knowing quite a few of the boys you mention above just be careful, they are more Aussie than you might believe and they would be insulted if we challenged that. What I will say is all of the ones I know do acknowledge their heritage and are proud of it but are green and gold all the way.

    • September 22nd 2012 @ 9:25am
      Skills & Techniques said | September 22nd 2012 @ 9:25am | ! Report

      Only 64% of all All Blacks were born in NZ.

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      • September 22nd 2012 @ 9:47am
        Beardie said | September 22nd 2012 @ 9:47am | ! Report

        Evidence for that 64% , please.

        • September 22nd 2012 @ 12:17pm
          Jerry said | September 22nd 2012 @ 12:17pm | ! Report

          It’s a load of bollocks, so you won’t get any.

      • September 22nd 2012 @ 12:23pm
        Kuruki said | September 22nd 2012 @ 12:23pm | ! Report

        It amazes me what some people come up with. And most of the players people say NZ poached were still doing abc’s when they moved to NZ so either they played all thier rugby in NZ or we have the best pre teen talent scouts in the world.

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