Australia v South Africa, Rugby Championship
Jake Schatz ruled out of Wallabies squad
ESPNscrum Staff
September 7, 2013
The Reds' Liam Gill is tackled by Melbourne opponents, Melbourne Rebels v Queensland Reds, Super Rugby, AAMI Park, Melbourne, March 8, 2013
Liam Gill has replaced fellow Queenslander Jake Schatz on the Wallabies bench © Getty Images

Liam Gill has been recalled to the Wallabies squad, replacing Jack Schatz after his fellow Queensland Reds back-rower developed significant swelling to his right knee.

Schatz developed swelling on Friday night after the Wallabies captain's run ahead of the Nelson Mandela Challenge Plate Test against South Africa at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, and team officials removed him from the matchday squad early on Saturday morning. Schatz underwent scans in Brisbane on Saturday morning.

Gill, hence, returns to coach Ewen McKenzie's matchday squad after being dropped from the squad that lost back-to-back Bledisloe Cup Tests against New Zealand.

"Jake has come very close to debuting for Australia on a number of occasions now so on a personal level we are all extremely disappointed to rule him out on matchday," McKenzie said.

"However, he is a resilient character and will be back very soon. Liam has been involved in our opening two Tests so will slot straight back into what we are trying to achieve against the Springboks."

McKenzie, meanwhile, confirmed that New South Wales Waratahs lock Sitaleki Timani and back-rower Dave Dennis will join the squad in Perth on Sunday ahead of The Rugby Championship Test against Argentina on September 14.

The Waratahs boast a combined 25 caps, and they will provide strong back-five cover for a forward pack that has recently seen James Horwill, Hugh McMeniman, Peter Kimlin, Hugh Pyle and Schatz ruled out through injury.

Wallabies: Israel Folau; Nick Cummins, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Christian Leali'ifano, James O'Connor; Quade Cooper, Will Genia (captain); Ben Mowen, Michael Hooper, Scott Fardy; Kane Douglas, Rob Simmons; Sekope Kepu, Stephen Moore, James Slipper. Replacements: Saia Fainga'a, Scott Sio, Ben Alexander, Ben McCalman, Liam Gill, Nic White, Matt Toomua, Jesse Mogg.

Follow live text commentary of the Mandela Challenge Plate Test between Australia and South Africa on Saturday, September 7, from 730pm (AEST), 1130am (SAST), 930am (GMT)

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