Polota-Nau included in Wallaby squad

Date published: October 11 2013

Tatafu Polota-Nau could make his Test return for Australia after being named in their squad for their European tour in November.

Hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau is set to make his Test return in Australia's five-match tour of Europe in November, after being named in a 32-man squad on Friday.

Polota-Nau, a 44-Test veteran, who is coming off a hamstring injury, is one of three hookers in coach Ewen McKenzie's squad along with Stephen Moore and Saia Faingaa.

The Australian Rugby Union will also use the squad in preparing for the third Bledisloe Cup Test against New Zealand on October 19.

Australia plays England at Twickenham on November 2, Italy in Turin on November 9, Ireland in Dublin on November 16, Scotland at Murrayfield on November 23 and will end the tour on November 30 at Cardiff against Wales.

“We recognize we are going over to play some very experienced and talented teams in the UK following our test against the All Blacks,” McKenzie said.

“As a result, we've selected a group that contains a strong mix of veterans but also 10 players, almost a third of the squad, who have only made their test debuts this season.”

The players will assemble in Sydney on Sunday before a reduced playing group of 24 is selected to travel to New Zealand next Wednesday. The entire 32-man squad will then re-assemble in Sydney the following week before flying to Britain.

Players not considered due to injuries were Kurtley Beale, Anthony Fainga'a, Kyle Goodwin, Scott Higginbotham, Hugh McMeniman, Jesse Mogg and Hugh Pyle.

Australia squad: Ben Alexander, Sekope Kepu, Benn Robinson, Paddy Ryan, James Slipper, Saia Fainga'a, Stephen Moore, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Kane Douglas, James Horwill (captain), Rob Simmons, Sitaleki Timani, Dave Dennis, Scott Fardy, Liam Gill, Michael Hooper, Ben McCalman, Ben Mowen, Will Genia, Nick Phipps, Nic White, Quade Cooper, Matt Toomua, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Mike Harris, Tevita Kuridrani, Christian Leali'ifano, Nick Cummins, Chris Feauai-Sautia, Joe Tomane, Israel Folau, Bernard Foley.