Sunday 17 December 2017

Australia forced into making three changes to squad

AUSTRALIA have been forced to make three changes in their preliminary squad that assembles today ahead of the British and Irish Lions Test series.

Melbourne Rebels half-back Pat Phipps, New South Wales Waratahs lock Kane Douglas and Western Force back-row forward Ben McCalman have been summoned instead of injured trio Digby Ioane, Sitaleki Timani and Scott Higginbotham.

 

Timani and Higginbotham have dropped out of the preliminary squad after injuries suffered during this weekend's round of Super Rugby.

 

Their prospects of participation in the Test series from June 22 to July 6 will be determined after the pair have undergone scans for thumb and shoulder complaints respectively.

 

Timani sustained a suspected broken thumb during the Waratahs' game against the Crusaders on Friday, while Higginbotham dislocated his shoulder as the Force went down Queensland Reds.

 

Wing Ioane, meanwhile, underwent surgery last week for a knee ligament problem.

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