By Shari Wakefield
Phil Waugh’s roller-coaster season continues at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne on Saturday night when Australia meets Italy.
The Sydney University flanker has been recalled to the Wallaby starting side to take on Italy in the second Test on their Australian tour, having captained the Barbarians in matches against England and Australia and then returned to club football for the University last weekend.
He will be joined in the Australian side on Saturday night by Sydney University team-mates, halfback Luke Burgess and second-rower Dean Mumm.
After defeating Italy 31-8 last week in Canberra, Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has reshuffled the team to develop some younger players.
This week is about our growth as a group. We’ve got potentially 14 Test matches to play this year, as well as the Barbarians game we’ve already had. Not only would it be unrealistic to focus that entire workload on the same players, a policy like that would also deny us the opportunity to develop others,” said Deans.
Burgess will be out to cement his spot with a long Test season ahead, while Mumm gets a chance to show his versatility in the scrum.
On the home front,Sydney University will take on Penrith, at home, on No. 1 Oval this weekend
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Shari Wakefield – Communications & Publications Co-ordinator, Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness