The big upsets are:
1 – Luke Burgess is out with a small tear in his miniscus (knee), sustained in training. While Burgo hasn’t yet fully aclimatised to international rugby, he still injects a level of speed and dynamism that we’ll need. He’s not back till at best the crazy Bledisloe in Honkers.
2 – Sharpe is dropped from the squad. A big move by Aussie Robbie to eject so much experience. Perhaps the injury to Elsom tips the balance in favour of Mumm and McMenimum as cover for both lock and 6.
Other news is that Michael Foley, the current Wallabies restart (forwards) coach is off at the end of this season to join the Tahs. His reasoning is “time at home with the 4 kids”, but if the face was still fitting in the Wallaby camp then I’d wager he wouldn’t be taking off just yet.
Wallbies squad in South Africa
Stirling Mortlock (c), Ben Alexander, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Berrick Barnes, Al Baxter, Richard Brown, Sam Cordingley, Ryan Cross, Matt Dunning, Rocky Elsom, Adam Freier, Matt Giteau, James Horwill, Peter Hynes, Hugh McMeniman, Drew Mitchell, Dean Mumm, Stephen Moore, Wycliff Palu, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Benn Robinson, Brett Sheehan, George Smith, Timana Tahu, Lote Tuqiri, Lachie Turner, Phil Waugh, Dan Vickerman..