23 May 2007

Australia A loses experienced front rower

10:24 am on 23 May 2007

Australia A has lost Wallabies' most capped hooker, Jeremy Paul, from Friday's Pacific Nations Cup game against Tonga in Sydney.

Paul has been forced to withdraw after failing a fitness test on his right shoulder.

Queensland Reds hooker, Sean Hardman, has been called up as cover.

Second rower, Alister Campbell, has been named captain

The squad contains test players Sam Cordingley, Rodney Blake, and Nic Henderson but also some exciting young talents in wing cum fullback ,Lachlan Turner, and scrum half Josh Holmes.

Turner and Holmes, the IRB Under 19 Player of the Year, helped Australia win their first ever IRB Under 19 World Championship title in 2006 along with flanker David Pocock.