February 2, 2023


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Nawaqanitawase joins Wallabies camp

Mark Nawaqanitwase

Waratahs winger with links to Fiji Mark Nawaqanitwase has been called up by Coach Dave Rennie to join the Wallabies.

The Australia A player will not feature in the last round of the Pacific Nations Cup as he joins camp with the Wallabies ahead of final Test against England.

Nawaqanitawase and Northampton-bound lock Lukhan Salakaia-Loto are added into the squad as injury cover.

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It comes as nearly a third of a 35-player squad named ahead of the three-match series have either went down to injury or suspension, leaving Rennie struggling for numbers.

His inclusion comes with Jordan Petaia still uncertain to feature in Saturday’s decider under new World Rugby concussion laws.

Izaia Perese will undergo further scans after he was left in agony early in the second half.

They are joined on the sidelines by Tom Banks with an arm injury and Andrew Kellaway with a hamstring, who confirmed he expects to miss up to six weeks after picking up the knock in training.

Saturday’s decider kicks-off at 9.55pm at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Meanwhile, Australia A faces Tonga at 12pm while the Flying Fijians meet Samoa at 3.30pm in the final round of the Pacific Nations Test on Saturday at Churchill Park in Lautoka.

You can watch both matches live on FBC Sports.

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