Wed, Jun 13, 2012 - Page 19 News List

Wallabies pick unchanged team, but Kepu a concern

Reuters, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

The ACT Brumbies’ Ben Hand, left, tackles James Hook of Wales in their match at Canberra Stadium in Canberra, Australia, yesterday. Wales won 25-15.

Photo: EPA

Australia named an unchanged team for the weekend’s second Test against Wales yesterday, despite concerns over the fitness of tight-head prop Sekope Kepu.

Kepu strained a tendon in his forearm during the 27-19 victory over the Six Nations champions in the opening match of the three-Test series in Brisbane, Australia, last weekend, but he has been named in the starting lineup subject to a fitness test.

“We are hopeful that ‘Keps’ will be good to go, but we do have a contingency plan in place if we need it,” Wallabies coach Robbie Deans said a press release.

Ben Alexander is most likely to step into the breach should Kepu prove unable to play at the Docklands Stadium on Saturday.

Berrick Barnes retains the No. 10 shirt after a much-improved performance against Wales than he showed in the 9-6 loss to Scotland.

Kurtley Beale who missed last week’s matches through injury, has not sufficiently recovered from his shoulder problem to be considered for selection.

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