Nathan Sharpe, Australia’s most- experienced second-row forward, delayed his retirement until after the southern hemisphere’s inaugural Rugby Championship, Wallabies coach Robbie Deans said.
Australia recalled forwards Dan Vickerman and Radike Samo for this weekend’s Tri-Nations rugby decider against top-ranked New Zealand.
Dan Vickerman , who played 55 rugby Tests for the Wallabies before halting his international career to study, will return to Australia before next year’s World Cup.
Australia rugby selectors named four newcomers and recalled Mark Gerrard and Dan Vickerman for the season-opening Test against Samoa on July 17.
Australia will give Kurtley Beale “until the final moment” to overcome a hamstring injury and take his place in an unchanged team in the Rugby World Cup semifinal against New Zealand in two days.
Australia will take on New Zealand in this week’s Tri-Nations rugby Test without its two most experienced players after Nathan Sharpe and Matt Giteau were left off the 24-man match squad.
Australia picked back-rower Scott Higginbotham to make his first Test start and recalled lock Nathan Sharpe for this weekend’s Tri-Nations rugby match against South Africa in Durban.
Australia coach Robbie Deans named the following team to play New Zealand in the Oct. 16 Rugby World Cup semifinal at Eden Park, Auckland:
Australia full-back Kurtley Beale will miss tomorrow’s Rugby World Cup semifinal against New Zealand after failing to recover from a hamstring injury, tournament organizers said.
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