Fota Auelua on Wallabies radar
April 12, 2013
Fotu Auelua is among the form players of the Australian conference © Getty Images
Fotu Auelua shapes as a bolter to make the Wallabies squad to face the British & Irish Lions, after he was invited to the two-day logistics camp in Sydney.
Auelua has been outstanding for the Brumbies this season, impressing particularly against the Sharks in Durban, and his invitation to the camp indicates he is being considered strongly for the Test squad, The Australian reports.
New Zealand-born Auelua is of Samoan heritage. He moved with his family to Sydney as a youngster, and played rugby league for Parramatta's junior teams and earned Australian Schoolboys selection in 2001.
He played club rugby for West Harbour in Sydney's Shute Shield competition from 2003 before taking up contracts to play for Dax and Toulon in France and NTT Shining Aces in Japan. He returned to Australia in 2012 to play for the Brumbies.
He will be part of a large Brumbies' contingent at the camp, reflective of the Canberra Super Rugby franchise's position atop the Australian conference standings. Stephen Moore, Ben Alexander, Pat McCabe, Christian Lealiifano, Joe Tomane, Dan Palmer, Nic White, Ben Mowen and Jesse Mogg will also attend the camp from Canberra.
The players to assemble in Sydney
Jesse Mogg (Brumbies), Israel Folau (NSW Waratahs), Digby Ioane (Queensland Reds), Joe Tomane (Brumbies), Adam Ashley-Cooper (NSW Waratahs), Ben Tapuai (Queensland Reds), Pat McCabe (Brumbies), Christian Leali'ifano (Brumbies), Berrick Barnes (NSW Waratahs), James O'Connor (Melbourne Rebels), Nic White (Brumbies), Will Genia (Queensland Reds), Wycliff Palu (NSW Waratahs), Fotu Auelua (Brumbies), Michael Hooper (NSW Waratahs), Liam Gill (Queensland Reds), Dave Dennis (NSW Waratahs), Scott Higginbotham (Melbourne Rebels), Ben Mowen (Brumbies), Rob Simmons (Queensland Reds), James Horwill (Queensland Reds), Kane Douglas (NSW Waratahs), Sitaleki Timani (NSW Waratahs), Dan Palmer (Brumbies), James Slipper (Queensland Reds), Ben Alexander (Brumbies), Benn Robinson (NSW Waratahs), Scott Sio (Brumbies), Stephen Moore (Brumbies), Tatafu Polota Nau (NSW Waratahs).
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