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Wallabies recall Ashley Cooper after loss in Bledisloe cup

Australian Veteran Adam Ashley Cooper has been recalled to the teams training squad in Japan and he is expected to make a return to the squad after a two-year absence.
The 34-year-old plays for Kobe Steelers in Japan and was recalled to the squad after Australia’s 37-20 loss to the All Blacks in Yokohama on Saturday. He last featured for his country in August 2016 in a 29-9 loss to New Zealand.
Injuries to Tevita Kuridrani and Reece Hodge forced Australia boss Michael Cheika to turn to Cooper famously known as Mr. Versatile due to his versatility.
“Adam will train with us, we’ll see where he’s at,” Cheika said on Monday.
“He’s come on the tour with us to be available for selection, he’s not coming for a holiday.
“His experience is important and also just his versatility, his ability to cover a few positions,” added the under-fire Wallabies coach, who also called up 18-year-old rookie sensation Jordan Petaia.
“With (Ashley-Cooper) and then a guy like Jordan, it’s probably a good balance. We need a couple of extra backs here on the trip.”
If Cooper is selected for the 2019 Rugby world cup in Japan he will become the second player after George Gregan to earn four world caps.
Australia tackles Wales in a test match at Cardiff on November 11.
Wallabies squad:
Forwards
Jermaine Ainsley, Allan Alaalatoa, Rory Arnold, Adam Coleman, Jack Dempsey, Folau Fainga’a, Ned Hanigan, Jed Holloway, Michael Hooper, Sekope Kepu, Tolu Latu, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, David Pocock, Izack Rodda, Rob Simmons, Pete Samu, Scott Sio, Taniela Tupou
Backs
Adam Ashley-Cooper, Tom Banks, Kurtley Beale, Israel Folau, Bernard Foley, Will Genia, Jake Gordon, Dane Haylett-Petty, Samu Kerevi, Marika Koroibete, Jack Maddocks, Sefa Naivalu, Jordan Petaia, Nick Phipps, Matt Toomua
Development player: Rob Valetini

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