Jones calls in Ashley-Cooper

Australia's rising injury toll has meant head coach Eddie Jones has had to promote another rookie to his 22-man squad for Saturday's Tri-Nations clash against South Africa at Perth's Subiaco Oval. [more]

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Australia’s rising injury toll has meant head coach Eddie Jones has had to promote another rookie to his 22-man squad for Saturday’s Tri-Nations clash against South Africa at Perth’s Subiaco Oval.

Australia Under-21 and Brumbies outside back Adam Ashley-Cooper flew to Western Australia on Thursday to provide cover for the injured Mark Gerrard (hamstring).

A decision on the starting XV will not be made until after Friday’s training session.

Jones believes Ashley-Cooper is a talented young player who made the most of his limited opportunities in the Super 12 this season.

"Adam is a skilful young player who joined us earlier in the year at a Skills Day in Sydney and showed plenty of talent," Jones said.

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"He gained some good experiences in the Super 12 this year and for the Australian Under-21s in Argentina.

"He is a strong runner and is physically equipped to play Test match rugby."

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