Deans names four new caps in 1st Wallabies team

Written by Wesley Weber (wpw)

Posted in :In the news on 11 Jun 2008 at 08:21

MELBOURNE – Luke Burgess and Peter Hynes will make their test debuts for the Wallabies after being named in the starting team to play Ireland at Melbourne’s Telstra Dome here on Saturday.

The New Zealand Herald reports that New South Wales Waratahs halfback Burgess and Queensland Reds winger Hynes are the two fresh faces in the first run-on side selected by new Wallabies head coach Robbie Deans, and assistants Jim Williams and Michael Foley.

Western Force centre Ryan Cross and Waratahs lock Dean Mumm could also make their debuts after being named on the bench for the one-off clash for the Lansdowne Cup.

New Zealander Deans said the four players earned their selection through form in the closing weeks of the Super 14 competition.

“We said, when we selected our initial squad, that we saw all of the players as being ready to go, and our selection of four new caps today follows through on that philosophy,” Deans said.

“We’ve been impressed with the attitude and the enthusiasm that all of the players have brought into camp. It wasn’t an easy side to pick.”

Burgess, 24, claimed the halfback spot filled for so long by the retired George Gregan after an impressive season with the Waratahs when he featured in 12 of the 14 matches played by the Super 14 finalists.

Hynes, 25, scored five tries during the Super 14 – including one against the Deans-coached Crusaders.

Other features of the first team for 2008 includes the pairing of Matt Giteau at first five-eighth and Berrick Barnes at second five-eighth – swapping the positions they filled at last year’s World Cup.

The starting side contains 10 of the team who played in the Wallabies’ last match, the quarterfinal loss to England at the World Cup.

Cameron Shepherd has won the race to the vacant fullback jersey, with Adam Ashley-Cooper covering the position from the bench, while experienced Reds halfback Sam Cordingley backs up Burgess.

Up front, Reds hooker Stephen Moore will combine in the front row with Waratahs props Benn Robinson and Matt Dunning.

Lock James Horwill, 22, continues his rapid rise by being named to partner Nathan Sharpe at lock in the absence of injured Dan Vickerman.

George Smith beat longtime rival Phil Waugh to the starting openside flanker spot.

Cameron Shepherd, Peter Hynes, Stirling Mortlock (captain), Berrick Barnes, Lote Tuqiri, Matt Giteau, Luke Burgess, Wycliff Palu, George Smith, Rocky Elsom, Nathan Sharpe, James Horwill, Matt Dunning, Stephen Moore, Benn Robinson.

Reserves: Adam Freier, Al Baxter, Dean Mumm, Phil Waugh, Sam Cordingley, Ryan Cross, Adam Ashley-Cooper.


  • There you go Wes 😉

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.06.08 08:38:21 by PJLD Reply
  • frightening that they can afford to leave Waugh out of the starting team!

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.06.08 08:43:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • Damn Claytie… my skills when posting articles are not great…


  • Comment 3, posted at 11.06.08 08:46:38 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 3) : I thought there was a glitch in the matrix…

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.06.08 08:56:02 by blackshark Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Their forwards frighten me…but the backs don’t.

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.06.08 08:56:55 by blackshark Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!
  • Watching how Japan’s scrum on more than 1 occasion hammer Australia A’s backwards was beautiful to watch..they will always struggle in the front 3.Its their youthful backs that I feel will be most dangerous and Rocky Elsom is also an excellent player.

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.06.08 09:06:47 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • @blackshark (Comment 5) : especially Barnes and Hynes… those guys don’t fill me with any sort of dread.

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.06.08 09:19:17 by robdylan Reply
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  • Burgess was excellent in the Super 14 and deserves his place. Will be interesting to see how Matt Giteau performs at 10. I think a couple of big hits on Barnes and his game suffers…bit of intimidation!

    Decent pack tho….excellent loosies, so if the tight 5 do their job, they will be a tough nut to crack!

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.06.08 09:34:09 by Villie Reply
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  • @Villie (Comment 8) : that pack is awesome, but I might have started with Mumm ahead of Horwill. Maybe even had Mark Chisholm on the bench.

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.06.08 09:48:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • Following injured… Vickerman, Chris Latham, Drew Mitchell, Scott Staniforth, Hugh McMeniman and Greg Holmes.

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.06.08 09:59:45 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • Vickerman was the best lock in the S14…

  • Comment 11, posted at 11.06.08 10:00:12 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 11) : I think he was the second best lock too

  • Comment 12, posted at 11.06.08 10:01:18 by robdylan Reply
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  • I have a feeling that this side may take a bit of time to gel, but once they do, watch out… Robbie Deans knows what he’s doing.

    And as for those backline names not really jumping off the page at you, just take a look at some of the regular Saders backs this season: Hamilton, Bateman, Poki, Ellis, etc… and we all know that did “reasonably” well this last S14…

  • Comment 13, posted at 11.06.08 12:51:29 by Ghost10 Reply


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