Nick Cummins has made a surprise return to the Wallabies squad, after having initially been overlooked. Henry Speights compassionate leave, following the passing of his grandfather, has meant that Cummins has got another shot at that much sought after Rugby World Cup place.
Speight will remain out of the Wallabies squad until they return from Mendoza, Argentina.
Cummins is now training with the squad ahead of the Rugby Championship opener against the Springboks on 18 July at Suncorp Stadium. He is up against the likes of Joe Tomane, Rob Horne, Drew Mitchell and Taqele Naiyavoro on the wing, but is determined to have a crack at it.
On the return of Mitchell and Matt Giteau, both from Toulon, Cummins says they’ve brought with them some new cultural greetings, but he has nothing but respect.
“You see Gits out there, he’s still got it. Back in the day six, seven years ago I was playing with him at the Force and he still has that same zing. Credit to him, I don’t know how he does it. He’s going to be dangerous.”
Updated 40-man Extended Qantas Wallabies Squad
Rory Arnold (Brumbies)*, Adam Ashley-Cooper (Waratahs), Kurtley Beale (Waratahs), Quade Cooper (Reds), Nick Cummins (Force), Dave Dennis (Waratahs), James Hanson (Reds), Scott Fardy (Brumbies), Tetera Faulkner (Force), Israel Folau (Waratahs), Bernard Foley (Waratahs), Will Genia (Reds), Matt Giteau (Toulon), Scott Higginbotham (Rebels), Greg Holmes (Reds), Michael Hooper (Waratahs), Rob Horne (Waratahs), James Horwill (Reds), Samu Kerevi (Reds)*, Sekope Kepu (Waratahs), Tevita Kuridrani (Brumbies), Christian Lealiifano (Brumbies), Stephen Moore (Brumbies), Drew Mitchell (Toulon), Wyclif Palu (Waratahs), Ben McCalman (Force), Sean McMahon (Rebels), Dean Mumm (Waratahs), Taqele Naiyaravoro (Waratahs)*, Nick Phipps (NSW Waratahs), David Pocock (Brumbies), Tatafu Polota-Nau (Waratahs), Scott Sio (Brumbies), Rob Simmons (Reds), Will Skelton (Waratahs), James Slipper (Reds), Toby Smith (Rebels)*, Matt Toomua (Brumbies), Joe Tomane (Brumbies), Nic White (Brumbies)