Mitchell and Turner return for Wallabies
July 16, 2012
Wallabies coach Robbie Deans announces his training squad ahead of the forthcoming Rugby Championship © Getty Images
Coach Robbie Deans announced a 27-man squad on Monday, which includes 13 Waratahs but no Queensland Reds players, who will be involved in the Super Rugby finals series. Deans recalled Mitchell and Turner after the pair were sidelined for much of the season, and missed the Wallabies' June Tests against Scotland and Wales.
"The camps provide us with an important opportunity for training background," Deans said. "It gives us the chance to bring the whole group together and familiarise them with the method: 'tune' them in to Wallaby content if you like."
Uncapped players in the train-on squad include winger Nick Cummins, centre Mitch Inman and prop Paddy Ryan. While Veteran lock Nathan Sharpe, who has put retirement plans aside to play in the Rugby Championship, will be rested from the three-day camp in Sydney from July 24.
Injured Wallabies captain James Horwill was not considered for the squad, with No.8 Wycliff Palu and utility backs James O'Connor and Christian Lealiifano also unable to participate in squad training due to injury.
Wallabies train-on squad: Kurtley Beale (Melbourne Rebels), Adam Ashley-Cooper (NSW Waratahs), Drew Mitchell (NSW Waratahs), Lachie Turner (NSW Waratahs), Nick Cummins (Western Force), Cooper Vuna (Melbourne Rebels), Rob Horne (NSW Waratahs), Mitch Inman (Melbourne Rebels), Pat McCabe (Brumbies), Bernard Foley (NSW Waratahs), Berrick Barnes (NSW Waratahs), Nick Phipps (Melbourne Rebels), Nic White (Brumbies), Ben Mowen (Brumbies), David Pocock (Western Force), Michael Hooper (Brumbies), Dave Dennis (NSW Waratahs), Kane Douglas (NSW Waratahs), Cadeyrn Neville (Melbourne Rebels), Hugh Pyle (Melbourne Rebels), Sitaleki Timani (NSW Waratahs), Sekope Kepu (NSW Waratahs), Benn Robinson (NSW Waratahs), Ben Alexander (Brumbies), Paddy Ryan (NSW Waratahs), Stephen Moore (Brumbies), Tatafu Polota-Nau (NSW Waratahs).
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