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Stalwart flanker Phil Waugh has been selected in a 29-man Wallabies squad but will be released to play for the Barbarians against both England and Australia.
The New South Wales Waratahs skipper was chosen along with fellow openside flankers George Smith and David Pocock after much speculation he would be overlooked for the extended Test squad.

But he will not be available for the Wallabies' first match of 2009, instead turning out in opposition to them for the Barbarians in Sydney on June 6.

The 77-Test back-rower will also play for the Barbarians against England in London next week.

"Phil was keen to play; he'd been invited and earned that honour. We see it as a win-win," said Wallabies coach Robbie Deans.

"He is getting exposure in two more top-class games, and will be going head-to-head with the other flankers in our squad which is a great result for us."

The other surprises in the Australia squad were the inclusion of uncapped Western Force forwards Matt Hodgson and Pek Cowan.

Flanker Hodgson was rewarded for tenacity and effectiveness at the breakdown as well as his back-row versatility while Cowan beat the likes of Sekope Kepu and Guy Shepherdson to the fourth prop spot.

Teenage sensation James O'Connor, who looms as a possible starting fullback, was chosen among 14 backs in the squad instead of being sent to Japan for next month's under-20 world championship.

Queensland Reds playmaker Quade Cooper, a revelation on last year's Spring Tour of Europe, was retained despite a form slide at the end of the Super 14.

Deans said the decision to go with 29 players instead of 30 reflected the make-up of the squad, with all positions adequately covered by the personnel available.

He indicated injured forwards such as Wycliff Palu, Mark Chisholm, Adam Freier and Matt Dunning could return to the squad in time for the Tri-Nations, or before, as they work their way back to fitness.

Wallabies Squad

Ben Alexander
Adam Ashley-Cooper
Berrick Barnes
Al Baxter
Richard Brown
Luke Burgess
Quade Cooper
Pekahou Cowan
Ryan Cross
Matt Giteau
Matt Hodgson
James Horwill
Peter Hynes
Peter Kimlin
Drew Mitchell
Stephen Moore
Stirling Mortlock
Dean Mumm
James O'Connor
David Pocock
Tatafu Polota-Nau
Benn Robinson
Nathan Sharpe
George Smith
Timana Tahu
Lote Tuqiri
Lachie Turner
Josh Valentine
Phil Waugh

http://www.foxsports.com.au/story/0,8659,25515984-5016959,00.html
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PostSubject: Re: Wallabies Squad Named   Wallabies Squad Named Icon_minitimeThu May 21, 2009 4:06 am

Decent team, I think NZ will have a better squad tho. Will be interesting to see there backline tho. May look like this.

Burgess/Valentine, Giteau, Mitchell, Barnes, Mortlock, Tuqiri, Ashley-Cooper
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PostSubject: Re: Wallabies Squad Named   Wallabies Squad Named Icon_minitimeThu May 21, 2009 4:11 am

^^ word is that o connor will get the starting FB role...duno tho - rest of it looks spot on i think
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PostSubject: Re: Wallabies Squad Named   Wallabies Squad Named Icon_minitimeThu May 21, 2009 4:15 am

Yeah I heard about that, I dont think O'Connor should start. Although ACC on the bench, does give alot of cover.
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PostSubject: Re: Wallabies Squad Named   Wallabies Squad Named Icon_minitimeThu May 21, 2009 5:21 am

How does Tahu make the side, he is been up to nothing this season, I'd way prefer Digby Ioane.

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PostSubject: Re: Wallabies Squad Named   Wallabies Squad Named Icon_minitimeThu May 21, 2009 6:21 am

digby's injured. and tahu's a great athelete but the waratahs just refused to attack with their backline
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PostSubject: Re: Wallabies Squad Named   Wallabies Squad Named Icon_minitimeThu May 21, 2009 6:25 am

Good to see Tahu there
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PostSubject: Re: Wallabies Squad Named   Wallabies Squad Named Icon_minitimeThu May 21, 2009 7:50 am

A bit surprised that Stephen Hoiles didn't make the squad, he was in pretty good form in the Super 14.

Will be interesting to see who get's the fullback spot.

Hopefully the Aussie backline will be something like this;

9. Luke Burgess
10. Matt Giteau
11. Lote Tuqiri
12. Berrick Barnes
13. Stirling Mortlock
14. Drew Mitchell
15. Adam Ashley-Cooper

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PostSubject: Re: Wallabies Squad Named   Wallabies Squad Named Icon_minitimeThu May 21, 2009 9:46 am

Good team, but there still gona get shat on by the ABs
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PostSubject: Re: Wallabies Squad Named   Wallabies Squad Named Icon_minitimeThu May 21, 2009 11:44 am

for the Baa-baas game i rekon rabbit will get a run at 15 like he did on the europe tour
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PostSubject: Re: Wallabies Squad Named   Wallabies Squad Named Icon_minitimeThu May 21, 2009 12:40 pm

Decent side should be a great series
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PostSubject: Re: Wallabies Squad Named   Wallabies Squad Named Icon_minitimeThu May 21, 2009 12:57 pm

Wallabies definitely look the weakest of the three 3N teams though...
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PostSubject: Re: Wallabies Squad Named   Wallabies Squad Named Icon_minitimeThu May 21, 2009 10:26 pm

Pantherus wrote:
Wallabies definitely look the weakest of the three 3N teams though...

yeah but thats when the wallaby's are at their deadliest. dont think the ABs will "walk" all over them. ABs may look better on paper and AUS could get their a55es handed to them by everyone but when it comes to playing the ABs, not only do all teams lift their game but AUS more than any other team in the modern era are experts at beating the ABs
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PostSubject: Re: Wallabies Squad Named   Wallabies Squad Named Icon_minitimeFri May 22, 2009 4:29 am

Tahu is shit at union, hence why he was on the bench, he had nothing when he played for Aussie last year. Go back to league!

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