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Australia coach Robbie Deans picked wingersDrew Mitchell and Lachie Turner in a training squad for the inaugural southern hemisphere Rugby Championship.
Mitchell and Turner were sidelined for most of the Super Rugby season because of injuries and missed the Wallabies’ June Tests against Scotland and Wales.
Queensland Reds players weren’t included in the 27-man group, which will assemble for a camp in Sydney from July 24-26, because the team is involved in the Super Rugby playoffs.
“It’s a win-win,” Deans said in an e-mailed statement. “If they advance to the semifinal and beyond, we have players gaining exposure to the highest level and, more importantly, the highest intensity of provincial rugby you can get. That’s great background for what’s coming in the Rugby Championship.”
Australia, New Zealand and South Africa will this year be joined by Argentina in an expanded southern hemisphere championship. The Wallabies host the top-ranked All Blacks in the opening match on Aug. 18, when Argentina makes its tournament debut in South Africa.
WALLABIES SQUAD: Kurtley Beale (Melbourne Rebels), Adam Ashley-Cooper (NSW Waratahs), Drew Mitchell (NSW Waratahs), Lachie Turner (NSW Waratahs), Nick Cummins (Western Force), Cooper Vuna (Melbourne Rebels), Rob Horne (NSW Waratahs), Mitch Inman (Melbourne Rebels), Pat McCabe (Brumbies), Bernard Foley (NSW Waratahs), Berrick Barnes (NSW Waratahs), Nick Phipps (Melbourne Rebels), Nic White (Brumbies), Ben Mowen (Brumbies), David Pocock (Western Force), Michael Hooper (Brumbies), Dave Dennis (NSW Waratahs), Kane Douglas (NSW Waratahs), Cadeyrn Neville (Melbourne Rebels), Hugh Pyle (Melbourne Rebels), Sitaleki Timani (NSW Waratahs), Sekope Kepu (NSW Waratahs), Benn Robinson (NSW Waratahs), Ben Alexander (Brumbies), Paddy Ryan (NSW Waratahs), Stephen Moore (Brumbies), Tatafu Polota-Nau (NSW Waratahs).
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