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St.George Queensland Reds James Horwill, Albert Anae and Chris Feauai-Sautia will re-join the Wallabies squad for the next stage of their Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship campaign in South Africa and Argentina.
The return of Australian Captain Horwill from a left hamstring strain will strengthen a forward pack which also sees uncapped prop/hooker Anae named.
“James has been working hard in rehab and is getting closer to a return,” McKenzie said.
“The scrums have been inconsistent across all the Tests so far and we are now about to embark on a tough two-game road tour.”
Anae, who is currently playing for Bay of Plenty in New Zealand’s ITM Cup, has been added as the third hooker and can cover prop.
In the backs, exciting 19-year-old winger and centre Chris Feauai-Sautia has been recalled after being named in the initial 40 man squad.
Queensland Reds James Slipper, Saia Faingaa, Rob Simmons, Will Genia and Quade Cooper have also been named.
Flanker Liam Gill is an unlucky omission but will remain on standby for a squad that will now target back-to-back Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship successes when they take on the Springboks on Saturday 28 September.
“South Africa and Argentina are always brutal games, so you need to give an edge to physicality in your selections,” McKenzie said.
“You need to fight fire with fire to some extent and it’s pretty clear that we’ve brought in added size as well as more experience for these next two games.”
McKenzie said the tour of South Africa and Argentina would be important in terms of building confidence and a winning mentality within the group.
“I don’t think anyone is going to back us to win these next two games but there is a terrific opportunity to continue to improve and surprise a few people,” he said.
“There is a good vibe in the group at the moment with some emerging confidence and experience.
“We’ll go over there with a strong mindset, the right attitude and with a really good chance to finish positively in the competition.”
Australia has won two of its last three Tests in South Africa but has not won in Cape Town since 1992 when the first clash between the two nations since South Africa’s return following the end of apartheid resulted in a 26-3 win to the Qantas Wallabies.
South Africa has won all four matches played at the foot of Table Mountain since that time since.
The Qantas Wallabies 28-man Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship squad to play South Africa in Cape Town and Argentina in Rosario is:
James Horwill (c)
16 FEBRUARY 2019