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Wallabies back to boost NRC semi-finalists

  • Wallabies back to boost NRC semi-finalists

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 17: Tom Robertson of Australia looks on during the Rugby Championship match between the Australian Wallabies and Argentina at nib Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

A handful of Wallabies will make a timely return from international duties to bolster their sides in this weekend's National Rugby Championship semi-finals.

Minor Premiers NSW Country Eagles will have prop Tom Robertson back for Saturday's clash with Melbourne Rising in Newcastle.

Robertson made his Test debut off the bench against Argentina in Perth in September and gained two more caps as a substitute in this month's overseas Rugby Championship matches against South Africa and the Pumas.

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His fellow NSW Waratahs front-rower, hooker Tolu Latu, who was in the Wallabies squad for those overseas Tests but remains uncapped, will also play on Saturday.

Melbourne's backline will be boosted by the return of winger Sefa Naivalu, who became the 900th player to earn a Wallabies cap when he was used off the bench against South Africa earlier this month.

Perth Spirit will also have a Wallaby outside back to call upon for their semi-final against the Sydney Rays in Sydney on Sunday.

Luke Morahan, who toured with the Wallabies for their last two RC Tests,but didn't get a chance to add to his two caps, will line up for Perth.

The Rays welcome back captain and NSW Waratahs halfback Matt Lucas and hooker Damien Fitzpatrick, who has recently signed with the Tahs, into their starting side for the game.

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