SA’s Dan is Aussie main man

South African-born lock Dan Vickerman could captain the Wallabies on their tour opener against Wales.

George Gregan will not tour and Stirling Mortlock, expected to be named tour captain, will miss the first test because of knee surgery. Mortlock will be sidelined for six weeks and will probably only play the last two tests of the four-test tour.

Vickerman, who attended Bishops and played for the SA under 21 side, was the Wallabies vice captain this year.

Other Bishops players currently playing test rugby for other countries include Hal Luscombe (Wales) and Stuart Abbott (England).

“I’m obviously disappointed that I won’t be available for the first Test, but I felt that it was better to get the procedure done now so that the injury doesn’t affect me throughout the tour,” Mortlock said.

The touring party is due to be announced next Tuesday. Mortlock’s omission may open the door for the likes of Queensland centre Ben Tune, who has been pushing for a national spot with some solid performances in the APC.