Injured Horwill cut from Wallabies squad
May 27, 2012
James Horwill has missed out on the Australia squad due to injury © Getty Images
Australia skipper James Horwill has been cut from their June Test squad due to injury.
The Queensland Reds lock picked up a hamstring problem in their Super Rugby victory over the Brumbies on Saturday.
Doubts also remain over Melbourne Rebels playmaker Kurtley Beale, who is carrying a shoulder knock, although Quade Cooper has won a recall after recovering from a serious knee injury sustained at the Rugby World Cup.
The Reds fly-half has only two games to his name since making his comeback but reported to Sydney as cover along with players from the Reds and Waratahs. The remaining players to join in midweek before a team meeting on Wednesday.
They will then go back to their respective clubs for Super Rugby action before the final squad to play Scotland on June 5 in Newcastle is picked just 48 hours prior. Australia will then face Grand Slam champions Wales in three Tests, beginning on June 9.
"The co-operation of the franchises has been considerable and we appreciate that," head coach Robbie Deans said.
"We've obviously sought to have as little disruption to their campaigns as is possible, but the solution provided by utilising the training day off does at least allow us to get the players started - both with organisational logistics and training background - as we will have to hit the ground running once the final group gathers.
"We can't finalise a side for that match until all of the games are played, and we are in a position to assess all of the players. Obviously we have preliminary ideas but the selection template is a living document. It can, and probably will change, as a result of events through the final round of Super Rugby before the international break."
Deans has named 15 uncapped players in his squad, including Brumbies fullback Jesse Mogg, Rebels wing Cooper Vuna and former North Harbour playmaker Mike Harris, now with the Reds. There is no place for former skipper Rocky Elsom.
Backs: B Barnes (Waratahs), K Beale (Melbourne Rebels), A Ashley-Cooper (Waratahs), Q Cooper (Queensland Reds), A Faingaa (Queensland Reds), B Foley (Waratahs), W Genia (Queensland Reds), M Harris (Queensland Reds), R Horne (Waratahs), D Ioane (Queensland Reds), P McCabe (Brumbies), J Mogg (Brumbies), L Morahan (Queensland Reds), N Phipps (Melbourne Rebels), D Shipperley (Queensland Reds), J Tomane (Brumbies), C Vuna (Melbourne Rebels), N White (Brumbies)
Forwards: B Alexander (Brumbies), D Dennis (Waratahs), K Douglas (Waratahs), S Faingaa (Queensland Reds), S Higginbotham (Queensland Reds), S Kepu (Waratahs), S Ma'afu (Western Force), B McCalman (Western Force), S Moore (Brumbies), C Neville (Melbourne Rebels), D Palmer (Brumbies), W Palu (Waratahs), D Pocock (Western Force), T Polota-Nau (Waratahs), H Pyle (Melbourne Rebels), B Robinson (Waratahs), N Sharpe (Western Force), R Simmons (Queensland Reds), J Slipper (Queensland Reds), S Timani (Waratahs)
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