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Australia have announced that Western Force front-row Tom Robertson has been added to their squad as an injury replacement for their upcoming tour to Argentina.
Robertson has been called up to Wallabies head coach Dave Rennie’s squad as veteran prop Scott Sio is still ruled out with a shoulder injury which he sustained in the second Test against England in Brisbane earlier this month.
Sio is the third loosehead prop who has been struck down by injury after Angus Bell (toe) and Harry Johnson-Holmes (Achilles) were also sidelined and left out of Australia‘s 36-man Rugby Championship squad.
Eyeing spot on the bench
Robertson is set to join the Wallabies camp on Thursday night, before they fly out to Argentina, and is set to battle Melbourne Rebels rookie Matt Gibbon for the back-up loosehead prop position as veteran front-row James Slipper is expected to start the first Test against Los Pumas on August 6 in Mendoza.
After a three-year absence, Robertson returned to action for the Wallabies when he made an appearance off the replacements bench during last year’s Rugby Championship encounter against South Africa in Brisbane.
The 27-year-old and Gibbon were in fine form for Australia A earlier this month as they delivered dominant performances in all three Pacific Nations Cup matches – against Fiji, Samoa and Tonga – with Robertson packing down at tighthead prop.
He was also called up as an injury replacement for last year’s end-of-year tour. The Wallabies’ second match of their Rugby Championship tour of Argentina will be on August 13 in San Juan before they host the Springboks in Adelaide on August 27.
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