27 May 2010

Novice front rowers for Wallabies as Waugh on international outer

7:10 pm on 27 May 2010

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has picked five uncapped front row forwards in his 30-man Test squad for next month's home clashes with Fiji, England and Ireland.

The squad includes Queensland Reds props Laurie Weeks and Ben Daley, ACT Brumbies prop Salesi Ma'afu and two hookers, the Brumbies' Huia Edmonds and Saia Faingaa from Queensland - all yet to play a Test.

The most notable omission is the New South Wales Waratahs captain and openside flanker Phil Waugh, whose long international career may have ended.

Waugh misses out along with Waratahs team-mate Al Baxter.

Injuries have forced Deans' hand with established hooker Stephen Moore unavailable along with other leading players including prop Benn Robinson, lock James Horwill, No.8 Wycliff Palu.

Two other uncapped players made the squad, young Waratahs centre Rob Horne and Western Force flanker Matt Hodgson.

Rocky Elsom remains the captain.

Brumbies captain and No.8 Stephen Hoiles gets a recall while regular Wallaby halfback Will Genia was named even though injury could keep him out of the first two Tests, against Fiji and England.

Wallabies: Ben Alexander, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Berrick Barnes, Kurtley Beale, Richard Brown, Luke Burgess, Mark Chisholm, Quade Cooper, Pek Cowan, Ben Daley, Rocky Elsom (capt), Huia Edmonds, Saia Faingaa, Will Genia, Matt Giteau, Stephen Hoiles, Matt Hodgson, Rob Horne, Peter Hynes, Digby Ioane, Salesi Ma'afu, Drew Mitchell, Dean Mumm, James O'Connor, David Pocock, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Nathan Sharpe, Lachie Turner, Josh Valentine, Laurie Weeks