17 Oct 2013

Tasman winger joins Wallabies

7:32 am on 17 October 2013

New Zealand born winger Peter Betham is set to be pitchforked into the Wallabies' backline against the All Blacks.

Australia's growing wing crisis is expected to see Betham debut in the dead-rubber third Bledisloe in Dunedin after joining the Wallabies 24-man squad on their flight to New Zealand.

At the start of the year, Beetham was rated as the Waratahs' fourth-best winger.

But a strong Super Rugby season, netting five tries, and a host of injuries to the country's best finishers could elevate him to a surprise Test debut in Dunedin.

A 2006 Australian Schoolboys representative, Betham's meteoric rise comes after failed stints with the Brumbies, Waratahs and Melbourne Rebels from 2008 to 2011.

The 24-year-old turned his career around with an eye-catching 2012 season with Tasman in New Zealand's national provincial championship which resulted in an upgraded Warathas contract.

The Wallabies included another New Zealand-born back in their travel squad on Wednesday with radar-boot Mike Harris likely to be picked as a reserve.

Wallabies travel squad: James Slipper, Ben Alexander, Sekope Kepu, Benn Robinson, Saia Fainga'a, Stephen Moore, James Horwill (capt), Rob Simmons, Sitaleki Timani, Dave Dennis, Liam Gill, Michael Hooper, Ben McCalman, Ben Mowen; Will Genia, Nic White, Quade Cooper, Matt Toomua, Mike Harris, Tevita Kuridrani, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Peter Betham, Israel Folau, Bernard Foley.