Turinui in for Lyons

Centre Morgan Turinui has been called in to Australia’s Rugby World Cup squad as a replacement for injured number eight David Lyons.

The former Wallabies vice-captain played the most recent of his 20 Tests in the forgettable 2005 European tour when he was one of George Gregan’s deputies as the Wallabies lost three of their four matches.

Lyons was ruled out of the World Cup on the weekend after breaking his leg and also suffering a suspected ankle dislocation in the 37-6 win over Canada in Bordeaux.

The Australian selectors have opted against replacing the back-rower with another forward as they look to cover the possible loss of veteran number ten Stephen Larkham.

Turinui is preferred at inside centre by coach John Connolly which would allow him more latitude to move Matt Giteau from number twelve to fly-half as a back-up for rookie playmaker Berrick Barnes.

Barnes will start Saturday’s quarter-final against England in Marseille and may hold the reins through the rest of the tournament with Larkham recovering from a knee operation.

 

365 Digital

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