Reds return for Wallaby camp
July 29, 2012
Will Genia has been in terrific form for the Reds and Wallabies this year © PA Photos
Australia have called up their big guns for the second training camp ahead of the inaugural Rugby Championship.
The Reds' contingent of Digby Ioane, Will Genia, Anthony Faingaa, Mike Harris, Scott Higginbotham and Dominic Shipperley are back for the second of two three-day camps, along with the Western Force's Nathan Sharpe, after missing the first meet up.
The Reds' Quade Cooper, who will challenge Berrick Barnes for the fly-half berth during the tournament, is also included in the 36-man squad. Those to miss out having been involved in the previous camp are the Rebels' Mitch Inman and Hugh Pyle, the Waratahs' Lachie Turner, Paddy Ryan and Bernard Foley and the Brumbies' Ben Mowen.
Skipper James Horwill along with Saia Fainga'a, Ben McCalman, Wycliff Palu are all among the players not considered for the training camp due to injury. Australia begin their Rugby Championship campaign with back-to-back fixtures with the All Blacks on August 18 and 25.
Australia training squad: Kurtley Beale, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Drew Mitchell, Digby Ioane, Cooper Vuna, Nick Cummins, Dominic Shipperley, Rob Horne, Anthony Fainga'a, Ben Tapuai, Pat McCabe, Mike Harris, Quade Cooper, Berrick Barnes, Will Genia, Nick Phipps, Nic White, Radike Samo, Scott Higginbotham, Jake Schatz, David Pocock, Michael Hooper, Liam Gill, Dave Dennis, Kane Douglas, Nathan Sharpe, Rob Simmons, Cadeyrn Neville, Sitaleki Timani, James Slipper, Sekope Kepu, Benn Robinson, Ben Alexander, James Hanson, Stephen Moore, Tatafu Polota-Nau.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
"The thirst for knowledge has seen coaches break away from the confines of rugby and look to America." Tom Hamilton on the two-way learning process
On Saturday, New Zealand face the USA in a match that has been 40 years in the making. Tom Hamilton finds the atmosphere building in Chicago
Most modern rugby players will not know the name Ray Williams but they should be eternally grateful to him, writes John Taylor
With the All Blacks playing the USA Eagles this weekend, Craig Dowd says rugby is ready to make a professional breakthrough Stateside