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Turner in Wallabies squad

Forgotten winger Lachie Turner is among five new faces added to Australia's 28-man squad for their two Tri Nations matches in South Africa, while Quade Cooper also returns from suspension.

Injuries to Cameron Shepherd (hamstring) and Peter Hynes (knee) have opened the door for Turner, who was this week named in Australia's Sevens squad to contest October's Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

Turner, who has 11 Test caps to his name, is joined in the touring party by Sevens team-mates Nick Cummins and Pat McCabe, who are both featuring in the Wallabies squad for the first time.

McCabe, who was a standout for the Brumbies in during the Super 14 campaign, was invited to train with the Wallabies during the Tri Nations and did enough to impress coach Robbie Deans.

Prop Ben Daley and veteran lock Mark Chisholm are the other new faces having not been required in the Wallabies' 20-10 loss to New Zealand in Christchurch.

Western Force flanker Matt Hodgson is the third player to miss the tour through injury after suffering a groin strain at training on Tuesday.

The return of Cooper, who has been in the spotlight this week amid reports he is considering a switch to rugby league next season, is a major boost for the Wallabies who face a demanding schedule on the Highveld, where they have not won since 1963.

The tour begins in Pretoria on August 28 with the second and final Test also to be played at altitude in Bloemfontein on September 4.

Deans' men will then return to Sydney to face the All Blacks on September 11 in the final match of the Tri Nations tournament.


From Belfast Telegraph