The 2012 draw against the All Blacks in the last Bledisloe Cup was Sheehan's sixth Test appearance, yet his first on Australia soil despite debuting in 2006.Sheehan was called to the Qantas Wallabies squad in 2012 to replace injured halfbacks, Will Genia and Nic White. Not only has his experience on and off the field been an important ingredient in helping to hold the side together, Sheehan’s fierce competitiveness has added an extra edge to training, while giving the Wallabies extra ‘bite’ at the back end of the three Test matches in which he has featured in 2012. Sheehan’s return to Wallaby duty occurred at Pretoria, near where he made his Test debut six years earlier in Johannesburg. His first four Tests were all played on South African soil before a brief on-field cameo during Australia’s courageous 25-19 win over Argentina at Rosario, which secured for the Wallabies second place in the inaugural Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship. Sheehan’s return to the Test arena, having last played for the Wallabies during the 18-12 win over a star-studded Barbarians team at Wembley in 2008, represented good reward for the faith he showed in choosing to stay in Australia.Sheehan's ability to effectively act as an extra loose-forward provided additional firepower for the Western Force’s Wallaby-laden back row.
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