James Horwill will lead Australia’s bid for an unprecedented third Rugby World Cup title, replacing Rocky Elsom in a surprise move.
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.
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Australia made seven changes to its starting lineup for this week’s Tri-Nations rugby opener against South Africa as it tries to rebound from an upset loss to Samoa.
Samoa stunned Australia 32-23 to secure what players and coaches said was the Pacific Island team’s greatest rugby victory and signal its potential for further upsets at this year’s World Cup.
Australia rugby union selectors named the following team for the Wallabies’ season-opening Test against Samoa on July 17 in Sydney:
Australia rugby selectors named four newcomers and recalled Mark Gerrard and Dan Vickerman for the season-opening Test against Samoa on July 17.
Australia rugby union selectors named the following 40-man Wallabies squad for the July 17 Test against Samoa in Sydney and the July 23-Aug. 27 Tri-Nations tournament. The squad will be trimmed to 30 for the World Cup.
The Queensland Reds were rewarded for winning the Super Rugby title with 15 players called up to the national squad as Australia seeks to take their momentum all the way to this year’s World Cup.
New Zealand beat Australia 23-22 in the final Tri-Nations match to seal an unprecedented clean sweep in the southern hemisphere rugby championship with a record 10th straight win over the Wallabies.
"We had every hope of winning, every chance, and we did not so everyone's pretty disappointed."
- Matt Giteau on Sep 11, 2010