Australia picked rookie prop Paddy Ryan in a 30-man rugby squad to tour Europe next month, when flanker David Pocock will make his return from a knee injury. Fellow back-rower Scott Higginbotham was omitted.
Australia made four starting changes for this weekend’s final Bledisloe Cup rugby Test against New Zealand in Brisbane, where the Wallabies will try to prevent the All Blacks from tying their record winning run.
Australia rugby selectors picked winger Dom Shipperley to make his Test debut against South Africa this weekend as the Wallabies seek to rebound from back- to-back losses against top-ranked New Zealand.
South Africa’s Cobus Wessels was stood down as an assistant referee for the Aug. 7 Tri-Nations Test between New Zealand and Australia following his performance last week, the International Rugby Board said.