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Wallaby 2010 Spring Tour Squad

Wallaby 2010 Spring Tour Squad

The Wallaby Spring Tour squad has been named by the selector’s this morning.

Yes, there’s a bolter like the good old days and the surprise selection of four members from the Australian Sevens team from the Commonwealth Games.

Australia’s Sevens captain Pat McCutcheon has been included alongside three of his team-mates from the just concluded New Delhi tournament – halfback Nick Phipps, winger Lachie Turner and winger/fullback Luke Morahan.

Twenty-one-year-old Phipps is the squad bolter, having won the third halfback position behind Will Genia and Luke Burgess

The evergreen Queensland Reds lock Van Humphries is celebrating his first Wallabies selection at age 34 and there’ll be a lot of Queenslanders happy about that. Humphries is one of seven uncapped players included for the tour.

Queensland Reds winger Rod Davies earns his spot after being unavailable for selection earlier in the year due to a torn hamstring sustained during the Reds’ match against the Hurricanes.

The two other uncapped players are Brumbies centre Pat McCabe and Queensland Reds loose forward Scott Higginbotham. Both were involved in Australia’s Tri Nations squad earlier in the year but didn’t play a match.

Brumbies second rower Mark Chisholm is included after making a miracle recovery from an injured knee sustained in club rugby last month.

Prop Ben Alexander is also back from an enforced layoff, having not featured since Australia’s 49-3 win over Fiji at Canberra in June due to a knee injury.

The makeup of the squad is:  12 Queensland Reds, 9 ACT Brumbies, 8 NSW Waratahs, 6 Western Force and 1 Melbourne Rebel.

Of some interest is the the configuration of the tight forwards: 3 hookers, 5 props and 5 locks (if you include Mumm). TPN was still injured. There are 7 loose forwards selected.

The squad looks light on established outside centres but I’d think McCabe,  Morahan and Faingaa will provide cover in the first instance. Turner, Hynes and Mitchell have also played there.

The unlucky players to miss out are Nathan Charles, Mitch Chapman, Dave Dennis, Kane Douglas, Bracken Karauria-Henry, Sekope Kepu, Pat O’Connor, Richard Kingi and Matt Toomua.

The squad assembles in Sydney on Wednesday and departs for Hong Kong on Saturday 23 October.

Ben Alexander Prop Brumbies 25 19
Adam Ashley-Cooper Fullback-Wing-Outside Centre Brumbies 26 46
Berrick Barnes Inside centre-Flyhalf NSW Waratahs 24 26
Kurtley Beale Fullback NSW Waratahs 21 9
Richard Brown No 8/Loose Forward Western Force 26 22
Luke Burgess Halfback NSW Waratahs 27 27
Mark Chisholm Lock Brumbies 29 53
Quade Cooper Flyhalf Queensland Reds 22 19
Rod Davies Winger Queensland Reds 21 Uncapped
Ben Daley Prop Queensland Reds 22 3
Huia Edmonds Hooker Brumbies 29 3
Rocky Elsom (c) Flanker Brumbies 27 59
Anthony Faingaa Inside Centre Queensland Reds 23 4
Saia Faingaa Hooker Queensland Reds 23 9
Will Genia Halfback Queensland Reds 22 18
Matt Giteau Inside Centre Brumbies 28 87
Scott Higginbotham Loose forward Queensland Reds 24 Uncapped
Matt Hodgson Loose forward Western Force 29 4
Peter Hynes Wing Queensland Reds 28 22
Van Humphries Lock Queensland Reds 34 Uncapped
Salesi Ma’afu Prop Brumbies 27 10
Pat McCabe Centre/Wing/Fullback Brumbies 22 Uncapped
Ben McCalman Lock/Loose Forward Western Force 22 4
Pat McCutcheon Flanker NSW Waratahs 23 Uncapped
Drew Mitchell Wing NSW Waratahs 26 50
Stephen Moore Hooker Brumbies 27 51
Luke Morahan Wing Queensland Reds 20 Uncapped
Dean Mumm Lock/Loose-forward NSW Waratahs 26 29
James O’Connor Fullback Western Force 20 23
Nick Phipps Halfback Melbourne Rebels 21 Uncapped
David Pocock Flanker Western Force 22 25
Benn Robinson Prop NSW Waratahs 26 37
Nathan Sharpe Lock Western Force 32 88
Rob Simmons Lock Queensland Reds 21 4
James Slipper Prop Queensland Reds 21 9
Lachie Turner Wing NSW Waratahs 23 12

Coaching Staff/Team Management

Head Coach: Robbie Deans, Forwards Coach: Jim Williams, Assistant Coach: David Nucifora, Scrum Coach: Patricio Noriega

Strength & Conditioning Coach: Peter Harding, Analyst: Andrew Sullivan, Manager: Robert [Bob] Egerton, Assistant Manager: Sam Cashman, Media Manager: Nick Smith, Doctor: Warren MacDonald, Physiotherapists: Andrew Ryan, James Sutherland, Mascot: Skippy

2010 Spring Tour Itinerary

DATE MATCH VENUE VENUE
Sat 30 Oct v All Blacks Hong Kong Stadium 4.35pm
Sat 6 Nov v Wales Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 2.30pm
Tue 9 Nov v Leicester Tigers Welford Road, Leicester 7.30pm
Sat 13 Nov v England Twickenham Stadium, London 2.30pm
Tue 16 Nov v Munster Thomond Park Stadium, Limerick 8pm
Sat 20 Nov v Italy Stadio Artemio Franchi Florence 3pm
Sat 27 November v France Stade de France, Paris 8.45pm

 * all kick offs are in local times  (Hong Kong – 3 hours, Cardiff/London/Leicester/Limerick – 10 hours, Florence/Paris – 9 hours, AEDT)

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