10/25/2012

Four University of Canberra Brumbies picked for Wallabies Spring Tour


The University of Canberra Brumbies are celebrating with four players chosen for the Spring Tour to Europe.

David Pocock (knee), Ben Alexander (wrist) and Stephen Moore (hamstring) have all overcome injuries to be picked for the tour. They are joined by Pat McCabe who was one of the Wallabies best when picked to play the All Blacks in Brisbane last week.

The Wallabies face a stiff Test in Europe with games against France, England, Italy and Wales before returning home in December.

“It was frustrating having to watch last Test rather than being involved and trying to get the boys across the line,” Alexander said.

“But the break has been good for me. I’m feeling refreshed now and ready to go again. There are four really tough games to come.

“France are notoriously difficult to beat in Paris and there are few bigger challenges that facing England in front of a packed house at Twickenham.

‘Italy will be fired up after meeting us at the World Cup last year and obviously Wales will want to turn things around from the way they finished their three-Test tour of Australia earlier in the year.

“It’s a massive tour for the Wallabies but we are confident we’ve got what it takes to return to Australia with four wins.”

The Wallabies will assemble this Wednesday in Sydney before heading to Paris on Saturday, 3 November.

2012 Spring Tour Matches
(all kick offs: local times)

Trophée des Bicentenaries
(i) November 10: Qantas Wallabies v France, Stade de France, Paris, 9pm
7am, November 11 [AEDT]

Cook Cup
(ii) November 17: Qantas Wallabies v England, Twickenham, London, 2.35pm
1.35am, November 18 [AEDT]

(iii) November 24: Qantas Wallabies v Italy, Stade Artemio, Florence, 3pm
1am, November 25 [AEDT]

James Bevan Trophy
(iv) December 1: Qantas Wallabies v Wales, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, 2.30pm
1.35am, December 2 [AEDT]


The Qantas Wallabies squad for the 012 Spring Tour is:

Player                           Position                            State                                Age                        Appearances

 

Ben Alexander

Prop

Brumbies

27

45

Adam Ashley-Cooper

Fullback-Wing-Midfield

NSW Waratahs

28

73

Berrick Barnes

Flyhalf/Inside Centre

NSW Waratahs

26

46

Kurtley Beale

Flyhalf/Fullback

Melbourne Rebels

23

32

Nick Cummins

Wing

Western Force

25

2

Dave Dennis

Loose Forward

NSW Waratahs

26

11

Kane Douglas

Lock

NSW Waratahs

23

4

Anthony Fainga’a

Centre

Queensland Reds

25

23

Liam Gill

Flanker

Queensland Reds

20

6

James Hanson

Hooker

Queensland Reds

24

1

Mike Harris

Fullback/Inside Centre/Flyhalf

Queensland Reds

24

6

Michael Hooper

Flanker

NSW Waratahs

20

9

Digby Ioane

Wing

Queensland Reds

27

31

Sekope Kepu

Prop

NSW Waratahs

26

18

Pat McCabe

Inside Centre

Brumbies

24

18

Drew Mitchell

Wing

NSW Waratahs

28

60

Stephen Moore

Hooker

Brumbies

29

72

Wycliff Palu

No 8

NSW Waratahs

30

42

Nick Phipps

Halfback

Melbourne Rebels

23

8

David Pocock

Flanker

Brumbies

24

45

Tatafu Polota-Nau

Hooker

NSW Waratahs

27

41

Benn Robinson

Prop

NSW Waratahs

28

52

Paddy Ryan

Prop

NSW Waratahs

24

Uncapped

Radike Samo

Loose Forward

Queensland Reds

36

22

Nathan Sharpe (c)

Lock

Western Force

34

112

Brett Sheehan

Halfback

Western Force

33

6

Rob Simmons

Lock

Queensland Reds

23

22

James Slipper

Prop

Queensland Reds

23

30

Ben Tapuai

Centre

Queensland Reds

23

3

Sitaleki Timani

Lock

NSW Waratahs

26

8