Vickerman in, Sharpe out

DAN Vickerman has returned to the Wallabies' fold after being included the 24-man travelling party for Saturday’s Bledisloe Cup clash with New Zealand in Auckland.

A 56-cap veteran, Vickerman has been included in the travelling party after playing a full 80 minutes and featuring strongly for club side Sydney University.

However, the news wasn't as good for Wallabies veteran Nathan Sharpe who, along with Nick Phipps, was dropped from the side which defeated South Africa in the opening Tri Nations match.

Vickerman will be joined in the Wallabies squad by fellow NSW Waratahs Luke Burgess, Lachie Turner, and Sitaleki Timani.

Burgess returns after proving his fitness following rehabilitation on a fractured hand, while Turner won his spot after impressing for his club Eastwood.

Timani returns after making his international debut in the Wallabies' loss to Samoa.

The Wallabies wrap up their training camp at The Southport School on the Gold Coast Tuesday, and will fly to Auckland Wednesday afternoon.

The Australian touring party for the opening Bledisloe Cup match:

Ben Alexander (Eastwood/Brumbies), Adam Ashley-Cooper (Northern Suburbs/Brumbies), Kurtley Beale (Randwick/HSBC Waratahs), Luke Burgess (Sydney University/HSBC Waratahs), Quade Cooper (Souths/Queensland Reds), Pek Cowan (Warringah/Western Force), Rocky Elsom [c] (Randwick/Brumbies), Anthony Faingaa (Souths/Queensland Reds), Saia Faingaa (Souths/Queensland Reds), Will Genia (Norths/Queensland Reds), Scott Higginbotham (Wests/Queensland Reds), Matt Hodgson (Eastern Suburbs/Western Force), James Horwill (University of Queensland/Queensland Reds), Digby Ioane (Sunnybank/Queensland Reds), Sekope Kepu (Randwick/HSBC Waratahs), Pat McCabe (Warringah/Brumbies), Ben McCalman (Sydney University/Western Force), Stephen Moore (University of Queensland/Brumbies), James O’Connor (Cottesloe/Western Force), David Pocock (Western Force), Rob Simmons (Sunnybank/Queensland Reds), Sitaleki Timani (Southern Districts/HSBC Waratahs), Lachie Turner (Eastwood/HSBC Waratahs), Dan Vickerman (Sydney University/HSBC Waratahs).


Topics:  all blacks bledisloe cup tri nations wallabies

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