Rugby

Horwill back in Wallaby fold for England

2016-05-26 07:21
James Horwill (Getty)

Sydney - Veteran lock and former captain James Horwill was recalled to the Wallabies' training squad on Thursday for their upcoming Tests against England, with code-hopper Karmichael Hunt also included among 10 uncapped players.

Horwill was sensationally left out of Australia's World Cup squad last year, but has impressed at his new club, English side Harlequins.

The 30-year-old is one of four players based overseas to make Michael Cheika's 39-man list ahead of next month's three-Test home series, starting on June 11 in Brisbane, along with Bordeaux prop Sekope Kepu.

Leroy Houston (Bath) and Taqele Naiyaravoro (Glasgow Warriors) are also included, after they both recently signed deals that will bring them back to Australia.

The squad includes 10 newcomers, including the Queensland Reds' Hunt, a former rugby league international who was last year banned for six weeks and fined following a cocaine conviction.

Another ex-National Rugby League star Eto Nabuli, now playing for the Reds, also got the nod.

But the experienced Adam Ashley-Cooper, Matt Giteau, Drew Mitchell and Will Genia are all missing, either injured or unavailable.

They are likely to be back in the frame for the Rugby Championship once rested after a long European season, as are injury-plagued Joe Tomane, Matt Toomua and Henry Speight.

Wasps-bound Kurtley Beale wasn't considered after knee surgery this month that is expected to sideline him for up to six months.

Christian Lealiifano seems earmarked as his replacement in the backs, although Samu Kerevi is another who could possibly fill the role.

"We've been working with an initial squad of 60 players we identified, which has been reduced to 39 for this camp. We'll trim that number down to 30 for each Test, so competition for spots is everything," Cheika said.

"Our first week in camp will target a high intensity training attitude, building on combinations within that environment. We want to build on the identity we've worked hard on establishing over the past 18 months."

Wallabies squad

Backs

Israel Folau (Waratahs), Bernard Foley (Waratahs), Nick Frisby (Reds), Mike Harris (Rebels), Dane Haylett-Petty (Force), Rob Horne (Waratahs), Karmichael Hunt (Reds), Samu Kerevi (Reds), Tevita Kuridrani (Brumbies), Christian Lealiifano (Brumbies), Luke Morahan (Force), Eto Nabuli (Reds), Taqele Naiyaravoro (Warriors), Nick Phipps (Waratahs), Joe Powell (Brumbies)

Forwards

Allan Alaalatoa (Brumbies), Rory Arnold (Brumbies), Sam Carter (Brumbies), Adam Coleman (Force), Scott Fardy (Brumbies), Liam Gill (Reds), James Hanson (Rebels), Greg Holmes (Reds), Michael Hooper (Waratahs), James Horwill (Harlequins), Leroy Houston (Bath), Sekope Kepu (Bordeaux), Ben McCalman (Force), Sean McMahon (Rebels), Stephen Moore (Brumbies/capt), Dean Mumm (Waratahs), Wycliff Palu (Waratahs), David Pocock (Brumbies), Tatafu Polota-Nau (Waratahs), Rob Simmons (Reds), Scott Sio (Brumbies), Will Skelton (Waratahs), James Slipper (Reds), Toby Smith (Rebels)

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