Ben McCalman moved off the Wallabies bench

CHRIS BARCLAY
Last updated 12:32 14/08/2014
CUT: Loose forward Ben McCalman has been dropped out of the Wallabies bench for the Saturday's opening Bledisloe Cup test against the All Blacks.
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CUT: Loose forward Ben McCalman has been dropped out of the Wallabies bench for the Saturday's opening Bledisloe Cup test against the All Blacks.

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Western Force loose forward Ben McCalman has been cut from the Wallabies bench for Saturday night's Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup series opening test with the All Blacks at Sydney's ANZ Stadium.

Wallabies head coach Ewen McKenzie today finalised the make-up of his eight-man reserve bench and has opted for five forwards and three backs to cover the starting line-up.

Scott Higginbotham has been preferred to McCalman - who was on the bench for the Wallabies most recent test against France in June - as loose forward cover.

One-cap hooker James Hanson, props Ben Alexander, Pek Cowan and Auckland-born lock Will Skelton - who is also playing his second test - are the other forwards on the bench.

The NSW Waratahs Super Rugby-winning halfback Nick Phipps and first five-eighth Bernard Foley back up Nic White and Kurtley Beale while centre Tevita Kuridrani is the outside back reserve.

Wallabies: Israel Folau, Pat McCabe, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Matt Toomua, Rob Horne, Kurtley Beale, Nic White, Wycliff Palu, Michael Hooper (captain), Scott Fardy, Rob Simmons, Sam Carter, Sekope Kepu, Nathan Charles, James Slipper. Reserves: James Hanson, Pek Cowan, Ben Alexander, Will Skelton, Scott Higginbotham, Nick Phipps, Bernard Foley, Tevita Kuridrani.

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