Uncapped Smith gets Wallabies squad call

Uncapped prop Toby Smith is a newcomer while Wycliff Palu and Matt Giteau return in the 31-man Wallabies squad chosen to prepare for next week’s Rugby Championship decider against New Zealand.

Smith, 26, was called in by coach Michael Cheika following a consistent Super Rugby campaign for the Melbourne Rebels.

Powerhouse No.8 Palu was rested from the opening two Test wins against South Africa and Argentina to overcome injury niggles but returns for the clash with the All Blacks at Sydney ANZ Stadium on Saturday week.

Recalled veteran Giteau is back after being rested from the Argentina trip, having taken a physical battering against the Springboks in Brisbane.

Players to miss out were No.8 Scott Higginbotham, hooker James Hanson and winger Nick Cummins.

Cheika resisted any urge to rush former Test lock Kane Douglas straight back in after he signed a three-year deal with the Queensland Reds on Friday following his return from Ireland.

Cheika indicated Wallabies staff would assess in the next week how well he had recovered from back surgery before deciding when he might come into the selection frame.

Wallabies squad: Adam Ashley-Cooper, Kurtley Beale, Quade Cooper, Scott Fardy, Israel Folau, Bernard Foley, Matt Giteau, Greg Holmes, Michael Hooper, James Horwill, Sekope Kepu, Tevita Kuridrani, Christian Lealiifano, Stephen Moore (capt), Drew Mitchell, Ben McCalman, Sean McMahon, Dean Mumm, Wycliff Palu, Nick Phipps, David Pocock, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Scott Sio, Rob Simmons, Will Skelton, James Slipper, Toby Smith, Henry Speight, Matt Toomua, Joe Tomane, Nic White.

* All Offers and Promotions posted in this article excludes NSW residents.
Stay up to date with the latest sports news
Follow our social accounts to get exclusive content and all the latest sporting news!