Australia and the British and Irish Lions went their separate ways to prepare for the deciding rugby Test with the momentum following the Wallabies to Sydney after their one-point victory in Melbourne kept the series alive.
The British and Irish Lions have the luxury of being able to lose the second rugby Test to Australia and retain a chance of their first series win in 16 years. The combined team wants to get the job done tomorrow.
The British and Irish Lions picked a prop who wasn’t in the original squad among eight Test newcomers for the combined team in its rugby series opener against Australia, which selected three rookies of its own.
Wallabies back Kurtley Beale, who was suspended from Super Rugby twice this season because of his behavior, checked into a private hospital for “assistance in resolving personal issues,” the Australian Rugby Union said.
Wallabies coach Robbie Deans named James O’Connor as his preferred playmaker in a 25-man squad to face the British and Irish Lions, while leaving the selection door open for the omitted Quade Cooper and Kurtley Beale.
Wallabies back Kurtley Beale was suspended from Super Rugby for the second time this season after breaking the conditions of his return, jeopardizing his chances of being selected to face the British and Irish Lions.
Nathan Sharpe was named as Australia’s third on-field captain of 2012 and will lead a team featuring four starting changes for this weekend’s Rugby Championship match against Argentina on the Gold Coast.