McMeniman back for Wallabies

 Jan 14,2013
Written by: Editor


Australia head coach Robbie Deans has named a 49-man training squad for the 2013 season, which will peak with the British & Irish Lions tour in June.

Rugby league convert Israel Folau is not selected while fly-half Quade Cooper is included following his public comments about the squad in 2012.

Also named is forward Hugh McMeniman, who returns from a three-year deal in Japan to join his Force team-mates Salesi Ma'afu, Ben McCalman and Nick Cummins in the international group.

"It doesn't guarantee them anything," said a Wallabies spokesperson on Monday.

"If you're not here it doesn't mean you're not a Wallaby this year - it comes down to what you do on the field.

"There's nothing to stop Israel Folau going out there and playing the house down to make the team."

Wallaby training squad:

Reds (16): Saia Faingaa, James Hanson, James Slipper, James Horwill, Rob Simmons, Jake Schatz, Liam Gill, Will Genia, Ben Lucas, Quade Cooper, Ben Tapaui, Anthony Faingaa, Mike Harris, Dom Shipperley, Digby Ioane, Luke Morahan.

Waratahs (13): Tatafu Polota-Nau, Benn Robinson, Paddy Ryan, Sekope Kepu, Kane Douglas, Sitaleki Timani, Dave Dennis, Michael Hooper, Wycliff Palu, Berrick Barnes, Rob Horne, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Drew Mitchell.

Brumbies (8): Stephen Moore, Ben Alexander, Dan Palmer, David Pocock, Nic White, Christian Lealiifano, Pat McCabe, Joe Tomane.

Melbourne Rebels (8): Cadeyrn Neville, Hugh Pyle, Scott Higginbotham, Nick Phipps, Kurtley Beale, James O'Connor, Mitch Inman, Cooper Vuna.

Western Force (4): Salesi Ma'afu, Hugh McMeniman, Ben McCalman, Nick Cummins



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