George Smith one of three Wallaby call ups for Lions

Brumbies flanker George Smith has been named as one of three call ups to join the Wallabies camp in Melbourne ahead of the second Test against the British and Irish Lions.

Smith, his Brumbies team-mate Jesse Mogg, and the Queensland Reds centre Ben Tapuai, have been added to the group that will prepare for Saturday night’s second Test as the Wallabies look to strike back after last night’s 21-23 loss in the opening Tom Richards Cup Test in Brisbane.

The Wallabies had to call for reinforcements as inside centre Pat McCabe (neck), winger Digby Ioane (shoulder), centre Adam Ashley-Cooper (shoulder) and fullback Berrick Barnes (head knock) are all in doubt for the second Test.

All four players were sent for scans after the game with their selection prospects for the second Test against the British and Irish Lions to be determined in the early part of the week.

The status of inside centre Christian Leali’ifano, who sustained a glancing blow to the head and left the field in the opening minute, will also be reviewed further once the Wallabies settle in Melbourne.

Tapuai, 24, who last appeared for Australia on last year’s Spring Tour, is comfortable at both inside and outside centre and has played seven Tests for the Wallabies since his debut against Wales on the 2011 Spring Tour. Six of those matches came last year.

Mogg is uncapped, but was involved in the Wallabies preliminary squad last year after a rookie Super Rugby season which saw him appear in all but two of the matches the Brumbies played.

The fullback, who turned 24 earlier this month, has again been a stand out this term, helping the Brumbies to the top of the Australian conference and he joins the Wallabies just 18 months after first landing a development contract with the Brumbies.

At the other end of the experience scale, the 32-year-old Smith, who returned to Australia this year on a short term contract with the Brumbies, last represented his country against Wales at Cardiff in 2009 during a match the Wallabies won 33-12.

That was the 110th Test of a stellar career which saw him end as his country’s most capped forward (although he has since been overtaken by lock Nathan Sharpe, who retired last year with 116 appearances).

Four years after his last Test, he is still Australia’s third most capped player behind his former Brumbies and Wallabies captain George Gregan, who appeared in 139 Tests.

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