Weakened Wallabies to tour UK

Robbie Deans named a 26-man squad for the Wallabies’ end-of-year tour to Europe, which has nine World Cup players missing.

Fullback Kurtley Beale (hamstring), wing Drew Mitchell (hamstring), centre Pat McCabe (shoulder), flyhalf Quade Cooper (knee), No 8 Wycliff Palu (hamstring), flanker Rocky Elsom (hamstring), lock Dan Vickerman (shoulder) and prop Sekope Kepu (eye) are all ruled out due to injury after the recent tournament in New Zealand. Scrumhalf Luke Burgess misses out on selection because of his move to France.

This sees three uncapped players called up in Reds backs Ben Tapuai and Ben Lucas, and Waratahs loose forward Dave Dennis. Western Force front rower Pek Cowan also returns to the Wallabies squad after missing the World Cup.

The Wallabies face the Barbarians at Twickenham on 26 November and Wales in Cardiff on 3 December.

Wallabies squad – Ben Alexander, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Berrick Barnes, Pek Cowan, Dave Dennis, Anthony Faingaa, Will Genia, Scott Higginbotham, Matt Hodgson, Rob Horne, James Horwill (c), Digby Ioane, Ben Lucas, Salesi Ma’afu, Ben McCalman, Stephen Moore, James O’Connor, Nick Phipps, David Pocock, Tatafu Polota Nau, Radike Samo, Nathan Sharpe, Rob Simmons, James Slipper, Ben Tapuai, Lachie Turner.