Wallabies add five players to the mix
August 31, 2012
Pat McCabe returns for the Wallabies © Getty Images
Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has added five players to the mix ahead of their match with South Africa on September 8.
Deans has added Paddy Ryan, Nick Cummins, Dominic Shipperley, Ben Tapuai and Pat McCabe to the mix. Jake Schatz has been left out due to a shoulder problem while Cummins and Shipperley get the nod due to the injured Drew Mitchell.
McCabe sat out the Wallabies' first two matches of the campaign due to a stress fracture in his foot and is likely to return in time for their match with Argentina on September 15. Six players - Caderyn Neville, Radike Samo, Mike Harris, Rob Simmons, Saia Fainga'a and Ben Tapuai will all play club rugby on Saturday for their local sides.
Australia squad: Adam Ashley-Cooper, Kurtley Beale, Digby Ioane, Dominic Shipperley, Nick Cummins, Rob Horne, Ben Tapuai, Anthony Faingaa, Mike Harris, Pat McCabe, Berrick Barnes, Quade Cooper, Nick Phipps, Will Genia (capt), Scott Higginbotham, Radike Samo, Michael Hooper, Liam Gill, Dave Dennis, Rob Simmons, Nathan Sharpe, Kane Douglas, Caderyn Neville, Sitaleki Timani, Ben Alexander, Paddy Ryan, James Slipper, Benn Robinson, Saia Faingaa, Stephen Moore, Tatafu Polota Nau.
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