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Horwill is named as captain for Australia

AUSTRALIA have named Tri-Nations winning captain James Horwill as their skipper for the British and Irish Lions Tour.

Horwill, who led the Wallabies to glory in 2011, returns to the role after missing the entire Test season due to a hamstring injury last year.

Coach Robbie Deans confirmed the news while also naming Hugh McMeniman, Kurtly Beale, Digby Ioane, Pat McCabe, Peter Kimlin and the uncapped Scott Sio as the final six additions to his squad.

The six have joined up with the team's training camp on the Sunshine Coast, where Luke Burgess and James Hanson have been retained as training cover.

There is no place for mercurial fly-half Quade Cooper, however.

Beale has been included despite continuing counselling for alcohol-related issues, with Deans confident it will not prove a distraction for the player or the team.

"We know what Kurtley is capable of in this arena," Deans said.

The first Test against the Lions is in Brisbane on June 22.

 

SCOTS' INJURY WOE AFTER SAMOA LOSS

Shell-shocked Scotland will have to try to regroup from their 27-17 defeat by Samoa in Durban before taking on the even tougher challenge of South Africa.

The rebuilding is going to have to include at least some fresh players, with interim head coach Scott Johnson revealing that three players may have to head home.

Hooker Pat MacArthur's debut lasted only two minutes before he hobbled off with a damaged knee. Kelly Brown, the captain and flanker, went off at half-time with an injured ankle while prop Euan Murray pulled a hamstring late in the game.


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