Wallabies abroad: Ashley-Cooper returns

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by Beth Newman

>Adam Ashley-Cooper will make his Bordeaux return this weekend, starting on the right wing for the side against Bayonne. 

Ashley-Cooper returned to France after the second Bledisloe Cup match, but missed last weekend’s game with a concussion.

Luke Jones will start in the second row for Bordeaux in the match as well.

Mike Harris has shifted to the bench this weekend, in the Lyon team to play La Rochelle, after starting at flyhalf in round three.

Sitaleki Timani will come off the bench for Clermont when they take on Racing 92.

Nic White will be injected into Montpellier’s match against Pau off the bench, deputising to Benoît Paillaugue.


Wycliff Palu will play in the second row. Photo: Getty ImagesWallabies centurion George Smith will line up at number eight for Suntory against the Ricoh Black Rams, shifting from the blindside spot where he started a week ago. 

Wycliff Palu will start in the second row for top of the table Toyota Verblitz against the Honda Heat.

Digby Ioane will line up on the wing for the last-placed Heat, as they look for their first win of the season.

Anthony Fainga’a will start at inside centre for the Kintetsu Liners against reigning champions, Panasonic, with Berrick Barnes steering the Wild Knights.

Capped Wallaby Daniel Heenan has been named on the bench, covering the side’s second rowers.

Scott Higginbotham played a full match at number eight for the NEC Green Rockets in an 18-point loss to the NTT Communications Shining Arcs.


Cooper Vuna scored for the Warriors. Photo: Getty ImagesCooper Vuna crossed in the 31st minute for Worcester as the Warriors played out a thrilling draw with Gloucester.

Worcester hung on after a 51st minute red card to Alafoti Fa’osiliva, surviving a late surge from Gloucester for their first points of the year.

James Horwill played a full match at lock for Harlequins, in a 19-10 loss to Sale Sharks, giving the ‘Quins a 1-1 record after the opening two weeks.

Peter Betham will start at outside centre for Leicester as they attempt to stop Wasps’ early season momentum.

Greg Holmes has earned his first start at Exeter, named at tighthead for the Chiefs’ clash with Saracens, after coming off the pine a week earlier, while Dave Dennis has been named on the bench.