10 Jul 2011

15 Reds in Wallabies squad

1:16 pm on 10 July 2011

The Queensland Reds have been rewarded for their Super Rugby title win with 15 players selected in the Wallabies' expanded 40-man Tri-Nations squad.

Australia coach Robbie Deans says the heavy presence of Reds in his squad is a deserved reward after their historic win over the Crusaders in last night's final.

Alongside Reds stars including Quade Cooper and Will Genia were several bolters, including 35-year-old Radike Samo, who returns to the Wallabies for the first time in seven years.

Samo revitalised his career after joining the Reds at the tail end of last year's campaign as an injury replacement.

Reds reserve hooker James Hanson is another notable selection, while his state teammate Beau Robinson and New South Wales Waratahs second rower Sitaleki Timani are the other newcomers to the squad.

Reactivated Melbourne Rebels utility Mark Gerrard is back in the squad for the first time since 2007, with Dan Vickerman also returning after recently arriving back from time spent studying in England.

Australia will face Samoa in Sydney next Sunday, with their first Tri-nations match against South Africa in Sydney on July 23rd.

Wallabies squad

Ben Alexander, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Kurtley Beale, Luke Burgess, Quade Cooper, Ben Daley, Rod Davies, Dave Dennis, Rocky Elsom (capt), Anthony Faingaa, Saia Faingaa, Will Genia, Mark Gerrard, Matt Giteau, James Hanson, Scott Higginbotham, Matt Hodgson, James Horwill, Digby Ioane, Sekope Kepu, Salesi Ma'afu, Pat McCabe, Ben McCalman, Stephen Moore, Luke Morahan, Dean Mumm, James O'Connor, Wycliff Palu, Nick Phipps, David Pocock, Tatafu Polota Nau, Beau Robinson, Benn Robinson, Radike Samo, Nathan Sharpe, Rob Simmons, James Slipper, Sitaleki Timani, Lachie Turner, Dan Vickerman