Any outsiders to make Wallabies spring tour?

by Staff Writer

This November, the Wallabies will play six games in Europe. Four of those are Tests and two are midweek Tour matches. Add in Bledisloe number four and that is seven games in less than a month.

You would expect Deans will play his strongest side, with maybe one or two small tweaks in the tougher international Tests to build on the good progress made during the Tri-Nations series.

But the two mid-week games, and perhaps the Test against Italy, will offer Deans a chance to include some of the fringe players in the squad.

So as an interested Northern Hemisphere viewer and even more importantly a Munster man, I'm wondering who Deans might select for these games.

Will he stick mainly with what he's used in the past year or will there be some bold selections?

Will one or two of Australia's successful U20s side make it on tour – like Matt Toomua or Kimami Sitauti? Will there be room for a guy like Christian Lealiifano, who is doing very well for Waikato in the NPC comp in New Zealand?

Or how about returning Internationals from abroad like Mark Gerrard or Rod Blake? Maybe a wild-card like Richard Kingi or Luke Rooney?

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