24 Sep 2008

Deans names teenager in Wallabies touring squad

9:36 am on 24 September 2008

The Wallabies rugby coach Robbie Deans has included four uncapped players including the teenage sensation, centre James O'Connor for their six-match tour of Hong Kong and Europe.

18 year old O'Connor, who's played only four Super 14 matches for the Western Force, will become Australia's second youngest test player if he plays in any of the five matches.

Because of his New Zealand-born parents and South African grandparents, O'Connor was eligible to play for any of the three Tri-Nations countries, but he always wanted to play for the Wallabies.

Meanwhile veteran winger Lote Tuqiri will need longer than first thought to recover from knee surgery, and he's in doubt for the tour.