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Injuries forcing Wallabies' hand

There is no doubt that the season-ending shoulder injury suffered by Rebels utility back Kurtley Beale will force the Wallabes' hand.

 

Even though Robbie Deans had hinted that he would select Beale at flyhalf, we still thought he was the best option at fullback, with Quade Cooper at flyhalf.

 

Now we have to find another fullback, as we look at the available talent for the three outside back positions in the Wallaby side.

 

Waratahs utility Adam Ashley-Cooper has emerged as our first choice in the No.15, but we have to confess that he would have been a starter on the wing for us.

 

We need some experience at the back and Ashley Cooper is just the man.

 

Digby Ioane is a dead-ringer for the left wing berth, but the right wing – where we had Ashley-Cooper earmarked – is now vacant.

 

Reds flyer Dominic Shipperley has now emerged as our favourite for the No.14 jersey, but you can't ignore the claims of Joseph Tomane (Brumbies) and Cooper Vuna (Melbourne Rebels).

 

The Wallaby back three:

 

Starting:

 

14 Dominic Shipperley:

He has pave to burn and edge out the competition in a close race. With Ashley Cooper there to guide him, the rookie should be fine.

 

11 Digby Ioane:

He is one of the first names you pencil in when selecting a Wallaby team. A proven talent and a match-winner.

 

15 Adam Ashley-Cooper:

His experience makes him a must in the last line of defence. He may not have the biggest boot, but he has proven himself as a rock-steady option on defence.

 

By Jan de Koning

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