29 Jul 2008

Mortlock back for Eden Park test

6:32 pm on 29 July 2008

The Wallabies have recalled captain Stirling Mortlock and flanker Phil Waugh for the second Bledisloe Cup rugby test against the All Blacks in Auckland on Saturday.

Mortlock replaces Ryan Cross at centre after recovering from concussion which ruled him out of the teams' 34-19 win over the All Blacks in Sydney last weekend.

Waugh replaces Rocky Elsom in the number 6 jersey after Elsom was ruled out with a foot injury.

Mortlock and Waugh are the only changes to the Australians starting fifteen.

Australia are chasing their first win in Auckland in 22 years.

Australia: Adam Ashley-Cooper, Peter Hynes, Stirling Mortlock (capt), Berrick Barnes, Lote Tuqiri, Matt Giteau, Luke Burgess, Wycliff Palu, George Smith, Phil Waugh, Nathan Sharpe, James Horwill, Al Baxter, Stephen Moore, Benn Robinson. Reserves: Tatafu Polota-Nau, Matt Dunning, Dan Vickerman, Hugh McMeniman, Sam Cordingley, Ryan Cross, Drew Mitchell.