Deans names final six

Qantas Wallabies head coach Robbie Deans has confirmed the six additional plyers for his squad to tackle the British & Irish Lions and there is no place for Queensland Reds playmaker Quade Cooper. [more]

Deans names final six

Qantas Wallabies head coach Robbie Deans has confirmed the six additional plyers for his squad to tackle the British & Irish Lions and there is no place for Queensland Reds playmaker Quade Cooper.

As expected, Deans has opted to draft the controversial Melbourne Rebels utility back Kurtley Beale, who is joined by wing Digby Ioane, utility forward Peter Kimlin, lock Hugh McMeniman, centre Pat McCabe and prop Scott Sio.

The six additional players takes Deans’ squad up to a full compliment of 31 players for the three match series against Warren Gatland’s side. The first test is in Brisbane in 12 days time.

Deans has also confirmed that Reds lock James Horwill will captain the Australians in the series. Melbourne Rebels scrum half Luke Burgess and the Reds hooker James Hanson will remain with the squad this week as training cover

McCabe and McMeniman proved their fitness for selection during last weekend’s Australian only Super Rugby round, turning out for the Brumbies and Western Force respectively, while Beale and Ioane were all involved in some capacity during last week’s preliminary squad training camp in Sydney.

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Kimlin, who has been a mainstay for the Brumbies and finished last Friday night’s win over the Melbourne Rebels as captain of the side, gained his call up after playing the only two Tests of his career to date against Italy at Canberra and Melbourne in 2009.

The uncapped, Sydney-born Brumbies prop Scott Sio is one of four uncapped players in the squad. The 21-year-old, who has progressed from a short-term development contract last year to a first team regular in Canberra, is the son of former Samoan prop Tevita Sio.

Beale’s inclusion comes despite two suspensions this season for alcohol fuelled incidents, but Deans knows exactly what he can expect from a player who can play almost anywhere in the back line.

“We know what Kurtley is capable of in this arena. He showed that as recently as last year’s Spring Tour when he performed outstandingly and led the team from fly half in adverse circumstances against many of the opposition players we now face again,” said Deans.

“His work last week during the first camp supported our contention that it was not too soon for him to get started again, from either a physical or a mental stand point. His physical state is a testament, both to how hard he has worked, but also his desire to get started again.”

Kimlin returns to the Wallabies after a four-year absence, while McMeniman is included having spent the past four years in Japan.

QANTAS WALLABIES SQUAD V BRITISH & IRISH LIONS

 
Name Club Position Age Caps
Ben Alexander Brumbies Prop 28 48
Adam Ashley-Cooper Waratahs Utility Back 29 77
Berrick Barnes Waratahs OH / FB / Centre 27 50
Kurtley Beale Rebels OH / FB 24 36
Nick Cummins Force Wing 25 6
Dave Dennis Waratahs Loose Forward 27 15
Kane Douglas Waratahs Lock 24 6
Saia Fainga'a Reds Hooker 26 18
Israel Folau Waratahs Full Back / Wing 23 Uncapped
Will Genia Reds Scrum Half 25 41
Laim Gill Reds Flanker 20 8
Michael Hooper Waratahs Flanker 21 13
Rob Horne Waratahs Centre 23 14
James Horwill Reds Lock 27 35
Digby Ioane Reds Wing 27 34
Sekope Keput Waratahs Prop 27 23
Peter Kimlin Brumbies Utility Forward 27 2
Christian Leali’ifano Brumbies OH / Centre 25 Uncapped
Pat McCabe Brumbies Centre 25 21
Ben McCalman Force No 8 25 21
Hugh McMeniman Force Lock / Flanker 29 21
Stephen Moore Brumbies Hooker 30 76
Ben Mowen Brumbies No 8 28 Uncapped
James O'Connor Rebels OH / Wing 22 37
Wycliff Palu Waratahs No 8 30 46
Nick Phipps Rebels Scrum Half 24 12
Benn Robinson Waratahs Prop 28 56
Rob Simmons Reds Lock 24 23
Scott Sio Brumbies Prop 21 Uncapped
James Slipper Reds Prop 23 34
Joe Tomane Brumbies Wing 23 1
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