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Wallabies in World XV squad to face Japan

Photograph: Chris Hyde/Getty Images

Photograph: Chris Hyde/Getty Images

 

Australia will have a number of their players playing a key role in their match fitness by being part of a fixture against the Japanese onnSaturday August 15 at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Ground in Tokyo. One will be wondering if it wasn’t possible to rope in some of the Springbok players who are not having any shot at game time. This is an opportunity to remind the coaches what they are capable of but to also allow themselves to be sharp should they get a call at the World Cup. The Japanese will get a good workout from the World XV. The will probably come short considering the quality they face.

Backs include :

Dom Shipperley (Rebels)
Ben Tapuai (Western Force)

James O’Connor (Reds)
Luke Burgess (Rebels)
Nick Cummins (Western Force)
Mike Harris (Rebels)
Christian Lealiifano (Brumbies)
Taqele Naiyaravoro (Waratahs)

Forwards

Ben Alexander (Brumbies)
Liam Gill (Reds)
Luke Jones (Rebels)
Tolu Latu (Waratahs)
Sean McMahon (Rebels)
Benn Robinson (Waratahs)

Think about this, the Wallabies will effectively have 37 of their players playing this weekend. While there is a contrast to the oppositions there is a valuable aspect here- game time. Hope to have two great games of footy involving the aussies.

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