Uncapped Paddy Ryan named in Wallabies Spring Tour squad


25/10/2012



By HSBC Waratahs Media Unit

Uncapped HSBC Waratahs prop Paddy Ryan is among 12 HSBC Waratahs today named in the 30-man Wallabies squad that has been announced for next month’s Spring Tour to France, Italy and the United Kingdom.

The only uncapped player in the squad, Ryan could feature in an all-NSW pack, with eight other HSBC Waratahs forwards also included, alongside backs Berrick Barnes, Adam Ashley-Cooper and Drew Mitchell.
 
Barnes returns to duty after recovering from the lung injury he suffered against South Africa at Pretoria last month, while Sekope Kepu and Sitaleki Timani are also included after the injuries they sustained last weekend in Brisbane proved less significant than was initially feared.
 
With No 8 Wycliff Palu having only recently returned from injury, and Pocock also in that state, Deans says the Wallabies couldn’t afford to carry a loose forward who wouldn’t be available for the first two weeks of the trip.
 
 
The squad features an 18-forward, 12-back split, with five props selected to cater for the new arrangements regarding front-row substitutes which requires two props to be included on an eight-man Test reserves bench.
 
Although last weekend’s draw with the world champion All Blacks consolidated Australia’s hold on the number two ranking on the International Rugby Board standings, the Wallabies will face three of the four sides ranked immediately below them on the trip.
 
As these matches will all be played before the final seedings are confirmed for December’s Rugby World Cup 2015 draw; they have the potential to have a major bearing on the landscape surrounding that tournament.
 
Australia (86.37 points) currently leads South Africa (84.69), England (83.09), France (83.03) and Wales (82.26) but matches between sides ranked in the immediate vicinity of each other can have a major bearing, as was evidenced by the two-point swing against Australia following South Africa’s 31-8 win over the Wallabies at Pretoria, which briefly jumped the Springboks over Australia on the standings.
 
Australia’s subsequent win over Argentina at Rosario and the draw with the All Blacks returned the Wallabies to the second ranking – a position Australia have held for all but a week of the last three years.
 
The Wallabies also head to Europe with trophies to defend against France and Wales, while seeking to reclaim a third, against England.
 
The tour begins in Paris where Australia will be bidding for a record equalling sixth consecutive win against last year’s Rugby World Cup finalists, which would tie the Wallabies’ best winning run against Les Bleus, achieved between 1993 and 2000.
 
Australia’s last meeting with France on the 2010 Spring Tour saw the Wallabies record a staggering 59-16 win over the then Six Nations champions.
 
This tour will conclude with the year’s fourth meeting with current Six Nations champs Wales, who will be smarting after a 3-0 series defeat in June’s closely fought Castrol EDGE Wales Tour, where just 11 points separated the two teams across the three Tests.
 
Australia has won on each of its last three visits to the Welsh capital and will arrive in Cardiff bidding for an eighth consecutive success against Wales to retain possession of the James Bevan Trophy.
 
Before that, the Wallabies will call at Twickenham, seeking to snap a two-game losing run against England, which saw the Cook Cup conceded after an 18-35 on the most recent visit to London in 2010.
 
Australia won back-to-back Tests at Twickenham in 2008 and 2009, and won the opening Test of England’s visit Down Under in 2010, before suffering consecutive defeats in the second game of that series, followed by the return match in London.
 
The tour’s third match, which follows the Test in London, sees the Wallabies return to Florence, where Australia recorded a 32-14 win over Italy in 2010 in a game that marked Adam Ashley-Cooper’s 50th Test appearance.
 
Australia has never lost to Italy, with seven of the 14 wins achieved to date being secured on Italian soil.
 
The Qantas Wallabies squad assembles in Sydney on Wednesday, and will attend the John Eales Medal presentation at the Sydney Convention Centre the following evening before departing for France on Saturday November 3.
 
The Qantas Wallabies squad for the 2012 Spring Tour is:
 
Player                           Position                            State                                Age                        Appearances
Ben Alexander
Prop
Brumbies
27
45
Adam Ashley-Cooper
Fullback-Wing-Midfield
HSBC Waratahs
28
73
Berrick Barnes
Flyhalf/Inside Centre
HSBC Waratahs
26
46
Kurtley Beale
Flyhalf/Fullback
Melbourne Rebels
23
32
Nick Cummins
Wing
Western Force
25
2
Dave Dennis
Loose Forward
HSBC Waratahs
26
11
Kane Douglas
Lock
HSBC Waratahs
23
4
Anthony Fainga’a
Centre
Queensland Reds
25
23
Liam Gill
Flanker
Queensland Reds
20
6
James Hanson
Hooker
Queensland Reds
24
1
Mike Harris
Fullback/Inside Centre/Flyhalf
Queensland Reds
24
6
Michael Hooper
Flanker
HSBC Waratahs
20
9
Digby Ioane
Wing
Queensland Reds
27
31
Sekope Kepu
Prop
HSBC Waratahs
26
18
Pat McCabe
Inside Centre
Brumbies
24
18
Drew Mitchell
Wing
HSBC Waratahs
28
60
Stephen Moore
Hooker
Brumbies
29
72
Wycliff Palu
No 8
HSBC Waratahs
30
42
Nick Phipps
Halfback
Melbourne Rebels
23
8
David Pocock
Flanker
Brumbies
24
45
Tatafu Polota-Nau
Hooker
HSBC Waratahs
27
41
Benn Robinson
Prop
HSBC Waratahs
28
52
Paddy Ryan
Prop
HSBC Waratahs
24
Uncapped
Radike Samo
Loose Forward
Queensland Reds
36
22
Nathan Sharpe (c)
Lock
Western Force
34
112
Brett Sheehan
Halfback
Western Force
33
6
Rob Simmons
Lock
Queensland Reds
23
22
James Slipper
Prop
Queensland Reds
23
30
Ben Tapuai
Centre
Queensland Reds
23
3
Sitaleki Timani
Lock
HSBC Waratahs
26
8
2012 Qantas Wallabies Coaching & Management Team
 
Head Coach: Robbie Deans
Coaching Coordinator: Tony McGahan
Forwards Coach: Andrew Blades
Coaching Assistant: Nick Scrivener
Strength & Conditioning Coach: Ashley Jones
Manager: Bob Egerton
Logistics Manager: Matt Sheppard
Doctor: Dr Warren MacDonald
Physiotherapist: Andrew Ryan
Recovery/Rehabilitation Coordinator: Ed Fitzgerald
Analyst: Andrew Sullivan
Media Manager: Matt McILraith
 
2012 Spring Tour Matches
(all kick offs: local times)
 
Trophée des Bicentenaries
(i) November 10: Qantas Wallabies v France, Stade de France, Paris, 9pm
7am, November 11 [AEDT]
 
Cook Cup
(ii) November 17: Qantas Wallabies v England, Twickenham, London, 2.35pm
1.35am, November 18 [AEDT]
 
(iii) November 24: Qantas Wallabies v Italy, Stade Artemio, Florence, 3pm
1am, November 25 [AEDT]
 
James Bevan Trophy
(iv) December 1: Qantas Wallabies v Wales, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, 2.30pm
1.35am, December 2 [AEDT]
 

 



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