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Wallabies team for first Trinations test against All Blacks

Wallabies team for first Trinations test against All Blacks

The cheap shot from that cµnt Bakkies Botha on stirling Mortlock (how did this not get cited?) means Australia goes into the first Bledisloe test against New Zealand in Sydney without their captain and AB’s bogeyman. Ryan Cross has been impressive all year, but there’s a good reason why the Kiwis call the aussie captain ‘the Evil Wizard Mortlock’.

This has left a spot on the bench which the ex-mungo and Australia-A poster boy Timtam Tahu has filled. There’ll be a lot of eyes on him should he take the field. Despite shaky performances last week, Ashley-Cooper and Luke Burgess keep their run on positions.

Having played a couple of club games, Dan Vickerman is back on the 22, although as reserve. George Smith takes the captaincy.

15. Adam Ashley-Cooper (ACT Brumbies)
14. Peter Hynes (Queensland Reds)
13. Ryan Cross (Western Force)
12. Berrick Barnes (Queensland Reds)
11. Lote Tuqiri (NSW Waratahs)
10. Matt Giteau (Western Force)
9. Luke Burgess (NSW Waratahs)
8. Wycliff Palu (NSW Waratahs)
7. George Smith (ACT Brumbies, captain)
6. Rocky Elsom (NSW Waratahs)
5. Nathan Sharpe (Western Force)
4. James Horwill (Queensland Reds)
3. Al Baxter (NSW Waratahs)
2. Stephen Moore (Queensland Reds)
1. Benn Robinson (NSW Waratahs)

Run on reserves:

16. Tatafu Polota-Nau (NSW Waratahs)
17. Matt Dunning (NSW Waratahs)
18. Daniel Vickerman (NSW Waratahs)
19. Phil Waugh (NSW Waratahs)
20. Sam Cordingley (Queensland Reds)
21. Timana Tahu (NSW Waratahs)
22. Drew Mitchell (Western Force)

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