Australian Rugby
Michael Cheika calls up Eastwood winger
ESPN Staff
July 26, 2013
The Waratahs' Berrick Barnes makes a break against the Brumbies, New South Wales Waratahs v Brumbies, Super Rugby, ANZ Stadium, Sydney, May 18, 2013
Berrick Barnes now goes to Japan without a sidetrip to Argentina © Getty Images

Michael Chieka has called Michael McDougall into the NSW Barbarians squad for to tour of Argentina, selecting the Eastwood winger from the Shute Shield Sydney club premiership competition after deciding against taking departing Wallabies utility Berrick Barnes.

"He's got some good wraps on him," assistant coach Alan Gaffney said of McDougall. "People who are good judges have rated him very highly; not only people from Eastwood but also those who have played against him. He's a player with a good all-round game, and someone who we believe could make the transition to the next level."

Cheika has also confirmed the withdrawal of Tatafu Polota Nau who failed to recover sufficiently after breaking his left forearm, and departing Wallabies second-row Sitaleki Timani, whom it was agreed would not tour.

Cheika will decide whether to replace Timani or Polota Nau after the conclusion of Shute Shield round 15 on Saturday

NSW Barbarians will play an Argentina team twice as the Pumas prepare for The Rugby Championship, in Buenos Aires on August 3 and in Salta on August 9.

New South Wales Barbarians squad

Waratahs players: Peter Betham (Sydney University), Mitchell Chapman (Eastern Suburbs), Cam Crawford (Northern Suburbs), Dave Dennis (Sydney University), Bernard Foley (Sydney University), Pat McCutcheon (Sydney University), Rob Horne (Southern Districts), Sekope Kepu (Randwick), Matt Lucas (Manly), Brendan McKibbin (Eastern Suburbs), Drew Mitchell (Randwick), Paddy Ryan (Sydney University), Jeremy Tilse (Sydney University), Jed Holloway (Southern Districts), Luke Holmes (Warringah), Ben Volavola (Southern Districts), Will Skelton (Sydney University), Tala Grey (Eastern Suburbs, 2014 squad member).

Invited Shute Shield club players: Alofa Alofa (West Harbour), Jack Dempsey (Gordon), Auvasa Falealii (Newcastle Waratahs), Alex Gibbon (Southern Districts), Terrence Hepetema (Randwick), David Horwitz (Randwick), Tolu Latu (Sydney University), David Lolohea (West Harbour),Michael McDougall (Eastwood), Usaia O'Sullivan (West Harbour), Kerren Straker (Penrith), Sam Talakai (Sydney University), Keliti Vangalo (Eastern Suburbs), Liam Winton (Sydney University).

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