Wallabies Abroad: Finals heating up

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by Matt Lewis

A huge weekend of action in the Northern Hemisphere with the Aviva Premiership semi-finals taking place.

Just four teams remain with two sides featuring key Wallabies.

George Smith will start at blindside flanker for Wasps against Exeter just days after being named the Premiership Forward of the Season and being named in the Team of the Year. 

George Smith was named Forward of the Year in the Aviva Premiership. Photo: Getty Images

In the other playoff match Leicester face the tough task of stopping Saracens for a place in the final next week. For the Aussies, Peter Betham will start at outside centre and Lachy McCaffrey named at no.8.

In the French Top 14 there are a trio of key Wallabies starting for Toulon in their round 24 match against Agen.

Matt Giteau continues his return to rugby after an injury interrupted season, being named at flyhalf while Quade Cooper will start at fullback and James O’Connor on the wing.

It wasn’t all good news for our French-Wallabies this week with Drew Mitchell going under the knife after injuring his groin, and will miss the next three months of action.

Another three Aussies are in action when Montpellier continue their push for top spot in the Top 14 when they take on Bordeaux. A week after winning the Challenge Cup, Jesse Mogg has been named at fullback while Nic White has been named on the bench. Adam Ashley-Cooper continues yet another consistent season with a start on the wing.

Peter Kimlin’s Grenoble also take on Brive tonight as they look to leapfrog them into 9th place.

In the Pro12 playoffs, Taqele Naiyaravoro will start on the bench for Glasgow in the clash against Connacht for a place in the in the final next weekend against Leinster, who defeated Ulster overnight 30-8.