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Brendan McKibbin to join Qantas Wallabies Spring Tour as replacement

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By Qantas Wallabies Media Unit

NSW Waratahs halfback Brendan McKibbin will tonight depart for the United Kingdom to reinforce the Qantas Wallabies squad ahead of this weekend’s Spring Tour finale in Cardiff.

The 27-year-old, who made his Super Rugby debut in 2009 and has appeared at state level for both the Queensland Reds and the NSW Waratahs, has been called in to replace his Western Force counterpart Brett Sheehan.
Sheehan had the misfortune to suffer an ankle injury during the first half of Saturday’s 22-19 win over Italy at Florence and was unable to complete the match.
McKibbin has appeared in Super Rugby on 30 occasions, with half of those appearances being achieved this year during a campaign which also saw him handle the goal-kicking for much of the competition.
The new player is expected to arrive in Cardiff on Tuesday morning and will become the fourth replacement to have joined the tour, following on from the Melbourne Rebels trio of Scott Higginbotham, Mitch Inman and Caderyn Neville.
A post-game x-ray later cleared Sheehan of any broken bones, and he has travelled to Wales with the squad today ahead of the James Bevan Trophy Test, but will be unable to play a part in the match.
Sheehan will undergo scans in the coming days in Cardiff to determine both the extent of his injury and the course of rehabilitation required.
NSW Waratahs lock Kane Douglas has re-joined the Wallabies squad in Cardiff after missing the Italian leg of the tour in order to stay near his ill mother in London, while he continued rehabilitation from a knee injury.
Douglas will be assessed by the Wallabies medical staff early in the week to determine his availability for the tour’s final game.
His return would further bolster the side’s second row resources, which took a hit when Rob Simmons was suspended following the tour opening Test in Paris.
The Wallabies’ appeal against the eight-game sentence given to Simmons will take place at Bristol on Tuesday night [UK time].
Australia’s final match of 2012 takes place on Saturday [kick off, 1.30am Sunday morning, AEDST] when the Qantas Wallabies take on Wales at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.