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Australia names Prime Minister's XV to face Japan

AFP , SYDNEY

Australia yesterday unveiled its Prime Minister's XV squad to play Japan's national rugby union side in Tokyo next month, including six Wallabies.

The 22-strong party announced by the Australian Rugby Union will clash with Japan at the Prince Chichibunomiya Memorial Rugby Ground on Nov. 4.

The visit by the squad, also featuring a host of Super 14 stars, for the one-off match is aimed at boosting friendly ties between the two nations.

Coached by former Australian mentor Bob Dwyer, the PM's team features Wallabies Nic Henderson, Adam Freier, David Croft, John Roe, Matt Henjak and Sean Hardman.

The match forms part of events marking the 30th anniversary of the signing of a friendship and cooperation pact between Australia and Japan as well as the Japan Rugby Football Union's 80th birthday.

"It's a great honor for Australian rugby to be asked by the prime minister to select a XV in his name and, personally, it's a great honor for me to be invited to coach the team," Dwyer said.

Squad:

Nic Henderson, Adam Freier, Ben Coutts, Will Caldwell, Pat O'Connor, Richard Brown, David Croft, John Roe, Matt Henjak, Daniel Halangahu, Caleb Brown, Junior Pelesasa, Julian Huxley, Haig Sare, Peter Hewat, Sean Hardman, Gareth Hardy, Luke Doherty, Julian Salvi, Nic Berry, Peter Hynes, Francis Fainifo.

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