Baby stops Wallaby in his tracks

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 09:31

SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: The arrival of a new baby has robbed Australia of the services of one of their most seasoned players, ahead of their Rugby Championship encounter with the Springboks.

Veteran hooker Stephen Moore will not travel with the squad to Perth on Sunday, with the 122-Test veteran to remain at home in Brisbane with his wife for the birth of their child.

Moore will re-join the squad following the Test against South Africa in Perth, with the hooker available for selection for the clash with Argentina in Canberra on September 16.

Waratahs hooker Tolu Latu will now join the squad after overcoming a neck injury that ruled the four Test rookie out of the opening two Bledisloe Cup clashes.

The squad otherwise remains unchanged, with the Wallabies currently third on the Rugby Championship table after just one bonus point in the opening two rounds.

South Africa currently top the standings following two convincing wins against Argentina.

Australia last faced South Africa in Perth back in 2014, with the Wallabies securing a memorable 24-23 win over the Springboks following a late try to Rob Horne.

At home, the Wallabies have won 24 of the 37 games against South Africa including the last three Test matches.

Several players are currently unavailable due to injury. They include Kyle Godwin (knee), Karmichael Hunt (ankle), James Slipper (achilles) and Sefa Naivalu (ankle).

Australian squad:

Forwards: Allan Alaalatoa, Rory Arnold, Adam Coleman, Jack Dempsey, Kane Douglas, Tetera Faulkner, Ned Hanigan, Michael Hooper (captain), Sekope Kepu, Adam Korczyk, Tolu Latu, Sean McMahon, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Tom Robertson, Izack Rodda, Rob Simmons, Scott Sio, Lopeti Timani, Jordan Uelese.

Backs: Kurtley Beale, Israel Folau, Bernard Foley, Will Genia, Dane Haylett-Petty, Reece Hodge, Samu Kerevi, Marika Koroibete, Tevita Kuridrani, Billy Meakes, Izaia Perese, Nick Phipps, Joe Powell, Curtis Rona, Henry Speight.

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