WOUNDED WALLABIES FORCED TO TRAVEL
SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: WALLABIES COACH MICHAEL CHEIKA HAS CONFIRMED HIS 32-MAN SQUAD FOR THE UPCOMING TOUR OF JAPAN AND THE UNITED KINGDOM.
A cruel triple injury blow has ruled out rising stars Jack Dempsey (hamstring) and Jermaine Ainsley (ankle) while a persistent knee complaint has sidelined lock Rory Arnold.
Arnold’s injury has opened the door for Matt Philip and Blake Enever, with the pair earning a call-up following some impressive form in the National Rugby Championship for Perth Spirit and Canberra Vikings respectively.
Aside from the forced injury modifications, Cheika has again overlooked Quade Cooper.
Meanwhile, No.8 Ben McCalman grabbed his chance in his classy 55-minute cameo in the Wallabies 31-28 win over the Barbarians, to ensure a seat on the plane to Japan.
The squad has six uncapped players in total, which includes Development Players namely Jack Maddocks and Liam Wright, with an average age of just 25.