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Horne pulls out of Wales clash

Centre Rob Horne has withdrawn from Australia's team to face Wales at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday due to a hamstring injury.

Horne failed to come through a training session at the Ospreys' training base in Swansea and his place in the starting line-up will be taken by Queensland Reds centre Anthony Fainga'a.

Fainga'a's spot among the replacements has been taken by Melbourne Rebels scrum-half Nick Phipps.

An ARU press release read: "A tight hamstring has forced NSW Waratahs centre Rob Horne to withdraw from Saturday's James Bevan Trophy Test match at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff."

Meanwhile, captain James Horwill insists his side are desperate to end 2011 on a high and will be putting any thoughts of their impending holidays to the back of their minds.

While the timing of this two-match trip, which kicked off with last weekend's crushing win over the Barbarians, is less than ideal given it comes hot on the heels of a tough World Cup campaign, Queensland Reds lock Horwill has challenged his side to leave everything on the field before their end-of-season break.

"We are ready to go," he said.

"We have a lot of time off and plenty of time to think about it and we want to finish the year on the right note. It has been a big year and we want to make sure going into the break we have good memories of the things we have done here, we are really looking forward to the game.

"We want to finish by winning a Test match and show to ourselves we can play some good rugby and make sure we finish the year well for the group.

"As I said, it's been a big year and we feel we owe it to each other to put in a fine performance that is worthy of the effort put in throughout the year. It is 80 minutes of hard work and then we can have our holidays after that."


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