Anae called up to Wallaby squad as injuries hit
Queensland Reds hooker Albert Anae has been called into the Qantas Wallabies extended training squad with teammates Tatafu Polota-Nau and Peter Kimlin both forced to withdraw through injury.
Polota-Nau has been unable to overcome an existing hamstring issue and will therefore continue to spend the next fortnight rehabilitating the injury before once again becoming available for selection.
Kimlin will be sidelined for up to six weeks after it was determined he would undergo surgery on a broken thumb, which he suffered in the Brumbies’ Super Rugby Semi-Final victory over the Bulls.
Qantas Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie will only bring in one additional player to camp with Anae to provide additional front-row cover as both a capable hooker and prop.
“It’s always disappointing to lose players through injury but in Tatafu’s case we don’t expect him to be out long and he will still play a large part in our upcoming campaign,” McKenzie said.
“What his injury has done though is open the door for Albert to take up an opportunity.
“Albert is still young for a front-rower but his versatility is a real asset, while he also possesses the appropriate size and strength to adapt positively to the new scrum laws.
“You’re always searching for players with a lot of potential and Albert is a guy who will learn plenty from being part of the national environment.”
The Qantas Wallabies will announce their final squad of up to 30 players at the conclusion of the training camp on Friday 9 August.
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Date Of Birth: 21/06/1989
Super Rugby Caps: 17 for Queensland Reds
Super Rugby Debut: 2011 v Hurricanes, Wellington