Cavalry arrives as Wallabies head to France
RUGBY UNION: The injury-hit Wallabies will get an injection of fresh talent, with eight players joining the squad this week.
Seven members of the Barbarians team which has been playing in Europe in the past fortnight, as well as playmaker Jono Lance, will join the team in Paris before the Test against France on Saturday.
The Wallabies have paid the price for their victories over Wales and Scotland, with injuries to key players.
One of the main concerns is young lock Adam Coleman who suffered a medial ligament strain to his left knee in the win over Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday.
Coleman will learn the extent of his injury after scans.
Coach Michael Cheika could shake up the team to play France, as the priority for the rest of the tour are the grand slam Tests against Ireland and England.
Lance, the only member of the new brigade not with the Barbarians, has been released from pre-season training by the Western Force.
The 26-year-old is likely to play in the developmental Australian side to face the French Barbarians on Thursday week.
He is likely to be joined by Barbarians squad members props Toby Smith and Paddy Ryan, hooker Andrew Ready, lock Sam Carter, halfback Nic Stirzaker and outside backs Luke Morahan and Taqele Naiyaravoro.
Morahan was considered unlucky not to have made the main squad, with NRL convert, winger Marika Koroibete, earning a spot despite not having played a second of rugby union since joining from the Melbourne Storm after this year's NRL grand final.
The 26-year-old Morahan scored two tries in last week's 31-all draw with the Springboks at Twickenham.
The match against the French Barbarians in Bordeaux is expected to be Koroibete's first in Australian colours.
"We had always planned to bring in these players for the France week after the seven lads wrapped up with the Barbarians,” Cheika said.
"Five of the players have Test experience for the Wallabies and while it's good to bolster our numbers ahead of the Wallaby XV game against the French Barbarians, we may consider them for selection against France this weekend.”