RWC latest – Horwill to lead Wallabies

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Horwill to lead Wallabies – Robbie Deans dropped another bombshell by naming James Horwill as his World Cup captain instead of Rocky Elsom.

Elsom still made the 30-man squad, but after captaining the side for the past two years, Horwill was the surprise selection as skipper of the team. As expected, Matt Giteau is left out of the squad after falling out of favour with Deans since the shock defeat to Samoa last month. The Brumbies veteran, who leaves for Toulon in November, will effectively retire from Test rugby after 92 appearances for the Wallabies.

Berrick Barnes, who has been suffering from serious concussions since Super Rugby, will back up Quade Cooper in the flyhalf berth. Other injured players included in the squad are No 8 Wycliff Palu (shoulder and knee), hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau (knee), prop James Slipper (ankle), wing Drew Mitchell (ankle) and centre Rob Horne (elbow) as they all passed fitness tests.

Another surprise pick is Reds hardman Radike Samo, who missed out on the 2003 and 2007 World Cups when he was based at the Brumbies.

Wallabies World Cup squad:
Backs - Kurtley Beale, James O’Connor, Drew Mitchell, Digby Ioane, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Rob Horne, Pat McCabe, Anthony Faingaa, Berrick Barnes, Quade Cooper, Nick Phipps, Luke Burgess, Will Genia.
Forwards – Ben McCalman, Radike Samo, Wycliff Palu, David Pocock, Rocky Elsom, Scott Higginbotham, James Horwill (captain), Rob Simmons, Nathan Sharpe, Dan Vickerman, Ben Alexander, Sekope Kepu, James Slipper, Salesi Ma’afu, Stephen Moore, Saia Faingaa, Tatafu Polota-Nau.

Burger to lead Namibia – Saracens flank Jacques Burger has been confirmed as skipper of the 30-man Namibian World Cup squad.

WP flank Ruan Kitshoff has also made the final cut.

‘We have blended youth and experience and must not be compared with other Namibian World Cup squads as we are the first to spend more than two years preparing for the tournament,’ said coach Johan Diergaardt.

Namibia will play in the same pool as South Africa at the World Cup.

Namibia World Cup squad:
Backs: Johannes Bock, Chrysander Botha, Hendirk Dames, Darryl de la Harpe, Ryan de la Harpe, Eugene Janjties, Theuns Kotze, Tertius Losper, Conrad Marais, David Philander, Llelwellyn Winkler, Daniel van Wyk, Mcgrath van Wyk, Willem van Zyl
Forwards: Jacques Burger (c), Egbertus O’Callerghan, Nico Esterhuyse, Hendrik Franken, Hugo Horn, Uakazuvara Kazombiaze, Rohan Kitshoff, Heinze Koll, Raol Larson, Pieters van Lill, Jacques Nieuwenhuis, Reaud van Neel, Tinus du Plessis, Johannes Redelinghuys, Johannes du Toit, Marius Visser

Care out of World Cup – England scrumhalf Danny Care has been ruled out of the World Cup after sustaining a toe injury.

Scans confirmed the worst and Care has been advised by medial specialists not to participate in the tournament. He will undergo surgery later in the week.

Manager Martin Johnson said Care will be missed, but is confident in England’s depth.

‘In terms of our selection options we are fortunate to have depth at 9 with Ben Youngs, now back into full training, Joe Simpson and Richard Wigglesworth,’ Johnson said.

‘These guys have all been part of the Rugby World Cup camp and will be considered ahead of the final 30 man squad announced on Monday.’

BOD returns – Brian O’Driscoll has been named in a strong Ireland team to play France in a World Cup warm-up against France.

Coach Declan Kidney has made 10 changes, recalling the likes of O’Driscoll, Jonny Sexton and Paul O’Connell. The game will serve as the final trial before Kidney makes the final World Cup call on Monday.

Ireland - 15-Felix Jones, 14-Andrew Trimble, 13-Brian O’Driscoll (c) , 12-Gordon D’Arcy, 11-Keith Earls, 10-Jonathan Sexton, 9-Tomas O’Leary, 8-Jamie Heaslip, 7-David Wallace, 6-Sean O’Brien, 5-Paul O’Connell, 4-Donncha O’Callaghan, 3-Mike Ross, 2-Rory Best, 1-Cian Healy
Subs: 16-Jerry Flannery, 17-Tom Court, 18-Mike McCarthy, 19-Stephen Ferris, 20-Eoin Reddan, 21-Ronan O’Gara, 22-Luke Fitzgerald