Sydney - Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has bolstered his
touring party with eight new players ahead of this weekend's Test against
France, the Australian Rugby Union said Monday.
Among the additions are three uncapped players - utility
back Jono Lance, scrumhalf Nic Stirzaker and hooker Andrew Ready.
They join props Toby Smith and Paddy Ryan, wingers Taqele
Naiyaravoro and Luke Morahan, and lock Sam Carter.
All except Lance have been playing for the Barbarians in
their recent games across Europe against South Africa, Czech Republic and Fiji.
"We had always planned to bring in these players for
the France week after the seven lads wrapped up with the Barbarians,"
"Five of the players have Test experience for the
Wallabies and while it's good to bolster our numbers ahead of the Wallaby XV
game against the French Barbarians, we may consider them for selection against
France this weekend."
The Wallabies face France at Stade de France on Saturday
before a Wallaby XV take on a French Barbarians side in Bordeaux on November
Australia finish off their European tour with Tests against
Ireland in Dublin on November 27 and England at Twickenham a week later. They
have already beaten Scotland and Wales.