Double blow for Wallabies

Wallabies captain James Horwill and Kurtley Beale have been left out of the squad for the June Tests because of injuries.

Horwill sustained a hamstring injury in Saturday’s match between the Reds and Brumbies. He will undergo further scans but is expected to miss the the Tests against Scotland and Wales, which means a new skipper will need to be named.

Scrumhalf Will Genia and openside flanker David Pocock have been mentioned as candidates. Rocky Elsom, who has led the side before, has been left out of the squad completely.

Flyhalf Quade Cooper has been included in the squad. His return is timely considering the injury to James O’Connor (liver). Beale injured his shoulder in Saturday’s game between the Rebels and Hurricanes and will require surgery.

Wallabies squad – Ben Alexander, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Berrick Barnes, Quade Cooper, Dave Dennis, Kane Douglas, Anthony Faingaa, Saia Faingaa, Bernard Foley, Will Genia, Michael Harris, Scott Higginbotham, Michael Hooper, Rob Horne, Digby Ioane, Sekope Kepu, Salesi Ma’afu, Pat McCabe, Ben McCalman, Jesse Mogg, Stephen Moore, Luke Morahan, Cadeyrn Neville, Dan Palmer, Wycliffe Palu, Nick Phipps, David Pocock, Tatafu Polata Nau, Hugh Pyle, Benn Robinson, Nathan Sharpe, Dominic Shipperley, Rob Simmons, James Slipper, Sitaleki Timani, Joseph Tomane, Cooper Vuna, Nic White.