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Rugby Championship: Albert Anae has been called-up to the Australia training squad

Last Updated: 07/08/13 12:55pm

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Albert Anae: Called-up by Ewen McKenzie

Albert Anae: Called-up by Ewen McKenzie

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Uncapped front row forward Albert Anae has been called-up to the Australia training squad for the Rugby Championship following the withdrawals of Peter Kimlin and Tatafu Polota-Nau.

Loose forward Kimlin is out for six weeks following surgery on a broken thumb sustained in the ACT Brumbies' Super Rugby semi-final win over the Bulls.

Hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau, who missed the British and Irish Lions series with a broken arm, has seen his return to action delayed by another two weeks due to a hamstring problem.

New Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie has decided to call-up just Anae, who can play both hooker and prop, into his squad.

Versatility

McKenzie, who coached Anae at the Queensland Reds, believes the player will bring versatility and potential to the national squad.

"Albert is still young for a front-rower but his versatility is a real asset," said McKenzie.

"You're always searching for players with a lot of potential and Albert is a guy who will learn plenty from being part of the national environment."

The Rugby Championship gets underway next week when Australia host world champions New Zealand in Sydney and South Africa take on Argentina in Johannesburg.

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