Latham?s return



SYDNEY (AAP): Chris Latham has reclaimed the Wallaby fullback berth for Saturday's rugby union Test against France in Brisbane.

Latham relegated Mat Rogers to the bench when the team was named on Wednesday, having missed last Saturday's big win over Italy with a hamstring injury.

In the only other change, ACT Brumbies lock Al Campbell comes onto the bench and could make his Test debut, replacing young Queenslander Hugh McMenamin who was released from the Wallaby squad to work on his physical development.

Wallaby coach Eddie Jones said that while Latham deserved his spot back in the starting lineup, Rogers was unlucky to miss out.

"Chris has overcome the strain in his hamstring and is back to 100 percent fitness," said Jones.

"It was one of those difficult selection decisions which we've been talking about.

"While its disappointing for Matty Rogers, who has played well in his three opportunities over the last three weeks, Chris has played consistently well at fullback for a number of Tests now and deserves to be reinstated."

Newcastle-born Campbell is set to become the 798th player to represent Australia.

"The decision to rest Hugh McMeniman opens up an opportunity for Al Campbell to become the fifth new player we've introduced to Test rugby already this season," said Jones.

"Al gained some valuable experience in France last year with Australia A against the French Barbarians, and then again last Sunday against the Junior All Blacks in Canberra.

"He's worked hard in the short space of time since joining the squad in Coffs Harbour and has certainly showed plenty of enthusiasm."

Milestone man George Smith and rookie back-row partner Rocky Elsom are under added pressure as the Wallabies face their first 2005 litmus test.

With injured open-side flanker Phil Waugh set to return next week against South Africa, the pair must convince coach Eddie Jones they deserve to retain spots in Australia's starting pack.

For the third successive occasion this season Smith, to play his 50th Test at Suncorp Stadium, Elsom and No.8 David Lyons were named together in a traditionally-structured Wallabies back-row.



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