A strong Wallabies touring party, collectively boasting 634 Test appearances, has been announced for the short tour of the United Kingdom starting later this month.
The 26-man playing group is composed mostly of players who recently competed in the seventh World Cup in New Zealand, where Australia beat Wales 21-18 in the third-place play-off.
One change is in the front row where Western Force prop Pekahou Cowan returns.
Cowan was a member of the victorious Australian squad for the Tri-Nations series, playing the most recent of his four Tests off the bench during the 39-20 win over South Africa at Sydney in July.
He has taken the place of the injured Sekope Kepu.
Kepu is being given additional time to recover from the injury he sustained when accidentally poked in the eye by a teammate during the World Cup semifinal.
The World Cup squad members not able to be considered for the tour were fullback Kurtley Beale (hamstring), wing Drew Mitchell (hamstring), inside centre Pat McCabe (shoulder), flyhalf Quade Cooper (knee), No.8 Wycliff Palu (hamstring), flank Rocky Elsom (hamstring), lock Dan Vickerman (shoulder), Kepu (eye) and scrumhalf Luke Burgess who has left Australia to continue his career with leading French club Toulouse.
Wing Lachie Turner and flank Matt Hodgson, who both joined the Wallabies in New Zealand as the replacements for Mitchell and Palu respectively, have been retained in the touring group.
With room for just two hookers in the travelling party, Queensland Reds rake Saia Fainga'a, who was Australia's third hooker at the World Cup, has missed out.
Australia finished its World Cup campaign on a high note by beating Wales, which added to the earlier wins achieved over Italy, the United States of America, Russia and South Africa.
This performance enabled the 2011 Tri-Nations champions to retain second position on the latest International Rugby Board rankings, rated behind only the World Cup winners, New Zealand.
The strength of the playing combination named for this tour is reinforced by the fact that the injured pair of fullback Kurtley Beale and flyhalf Quade Cooper are the only players from the starting XV that beat Wales, not to be making this trip.
It might only be a three week assembly, with just two games, but Wallabies coach Robbie Deans is anticipating a difficult tour, and says the squad has been selected accordingly with Australia's best players included.
The squad averages in excess of 24 previous appearances per man when the total number of Tests played is calculated across the whole playing group.
"While this is a relatively brief visit by current standards, both fixtures promise to be exceedingly demanding," Deans said.
"We've just seen at the World Cup how much and how quickly playing resources can be taxed."
With the Barbarians to be prepared by All Black coaches Graham Henry and Steve Hansen, and containing a star-studded list including five of the victorious World Cup New Zealanders, Deans said Australia's visit to Twickenham has all of the ingredients posed by the toughest of Test matches.
The BaaBaas have beaten New Zealand and South Africa in the last two years and will be determined to complete a hat-trick against the SANZAR nations, while avenging the 11-18 defeat suffered against a young Wallabies outfit at Wembley Stadium during the two teams' last meeting in London four seasons ago.
The tour concludes seven days later in Cardiff, with the Wallabies' 14th and final outing of the year, against Wales for the James Bevan Trophy.
Australia have won on its last two visits to Cardiff, currently holds the trophy, and beat Wales for third place at the World Cup, which will all only add to the home side's expectation and motivation heading into the Test according to Deans.
"Wales were arguably the most improved side at the World Cup, and their expectations will have risen on the back of that performance," Deans said.
"[Wales coach] Warren [Gatland] has publicly stated their ambition to sit alongside the top ranked nations by beating them on a regular basis, and they will see this Test as an excellent opportunity to start that process, building on what they achieved in New Zealand."
More than 50,000 fans attended the Millennium Stadium just to watch Wales' semifinal defeat by France at the World Cup on the big television screens, and a passionate atmosphere awaits the Wallabies in front of what is sure to be a full house for Wales' World Cup homecoming.
"This is the only Test match Wales will play before next year's Six Nations and you can guarantee that they will throw absolutely everything at it," Deans said.
As well as Australia's front-line of players, the squad includes three of the next generation of internationals: the Queensland Reds pair of centre Ben Tapuai and fullback Ben Lucas, and the NSW Waratahs loose forward Dave Dennis.
Although he didn't feature in the Test side, Dennis was a member of the initial Wallabies squad of 40 named for the domestic Test season this year, winning his call up after an impressive end to Super Rugby with the Waratahs. The 25-year-old subsequently played for the Australian Barbarians against Canada during that assembly.
Dennis is now specialising as a loose forward, although he can double as a lock, as was evidenced during his inclusion on the 2009 year-end where he appeared in the second row for the wins over Gloucester and the Cardiff Blues in the midweek tour matches.
Tapuai, an Australian Under-20 representative in 2008, announced his arrival onto the big stage with some hard hitting performances in the midfield during the Queensland Reds' run to an inaugural Super Rugby title this year.
The 22-year-old, who had featured just four times for the Reds prior to 2011, subsequently earned a call up for the Australian Barbarians, performing strongly and scoring a try playing off the bench during the BaaBaas' 38-14 win over the World Cup-bound Canadians during the tournament warm up match at Skilled Park on the Gold Coast.
Lucas was unable to be considered for that fixture due to injury but had been on the selectors' radar for some time, enhancing his claims with some sound performances from the back for the Reds during Super Rugby.
Now four seasons into his Reds career, the 23-year-old brings versatility to the squad, offering an option at halfback, flyhalf and fullback, as well as being a capable goal-kicker.
Deans said the new trio all warranted selection based on their form this year, and would bring freshness and enthusiasm to the touring group.
"It's a great opportunity for the three of them to take the next step in their careers," Deans said.
The Wallabies will assemble at Coogee in Sydney tomorrow week before departing for the tour on Saturday 19 November.
Australian tour squad: Ben Alexander, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Berrick Barnes, Pekahou Cowan, Dave Dennis, Anthony Faingaa, Will Genia, Scott Higginbotham, Matt Hodgson, Rob Horne, James Horwill (captain), Digby Ioane, Ben Lucas, Salesi Ma'afu, Ben McCalman, Stephen Moore, James O'Connor, Nick Phipps, David Pocock, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Radike Samo, Nathan Sharpe, Rob Simmons, James Slipper, Ben Tapuai, Lachie Turner.
Tour schedule/key dates:
Tuesday, November 15: Squad assembles in Sydney
Saturday, November 19: Squad departs for London
Saturday, November 26: Wallabies v Barbarians, Twickenham Stadium, London - 14.30 (16.30 GMT)
Saturday 3 December: Wallabies v Wales, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff - 14.30 (16.30 GMT)
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