Bernard Foley to make Japanese debut

by staff

Wallabies flyhalf Bernard Foley is set to make his Japanese debut this weekend, headlining a list of Aussies in action around the globe

Foley is set to feature in his first match for the Ricoh Black Rams, named on the bench for their clash against Digby Ioane’s Honda Heat.

Lock Hugh McMeniman will start for the Heat in the match as both sides search for their first win of the season.

After an impressive opening weekend, Berrick Barnes will line up at flyhalf for the Panasonic Wild Knights against the Kintetsu Liners.

Wallabies back rower Ben McCalman will come off the bench for the Wild Knights against the Liners, when they play on Saturday, looking to maintain a winning record.

Former Wallabies number eight Scott Higginbotham will start for the second week in a row for the NEC Green Rockets as they face the Kobe Steel Kobelco Steelers.

Winger Nick Cummins will be injected off the bench for the Coca Cola West Red Sparks when they play Toyota Verblitz.

Mark Gerrard will come off the pine for the Toyota Industries Shuttles against Yamaha Jubilo this weekend.

The second week of Champions Cup fixtures will be played out this weekend, with winger Peter Betham the first Aussie in action, playing for Leicester against Benetton Troviso.

Adam Ashley-Cooper left for France last week but neither he nor his Wallabies teammate Sekope Kepu have been named in the Bordeaux-Begles side to meet Exeter on Sunday morning (AEDT).

Stade Francais’s team to face Munster on Monday morning (AEDT) is yet to be named but halfback Will Genia is in the mix for his first match with his French side, after a knee injury delayed his debut.

Quade Cooper will face off against Wallabies legend George Smith in a blockbuster Champions Cup match up on Monday morning (AEDT) between Toulon and Wasps.

His Wallabies teammates Matt Giteau and Drew Mitchell are yet to be injected in Toulon’s season, still easing back into action after the World Cup.

James Horwill’s Harlequins defeated Cardiff on Friday night but the former Wallabies captain did not feature in the Challenge Cup match.

A 43rd minute Ben Mowen try contributed to a 64-0 Montpellier Challenge Cup win over Rugby Calvisano, with Nic White also playing in the big victory.