Towering lock Rory Arnold was recalled to the Wallaby team for an Australian tour of Argentina the following month.
Arnold, 32, will fill the foreign player vacancy left by rowdy center Samu Kerevi, who will miss the tour due to his Commonwealth Games commitment with Australia’s Sevens.
Former Brumby striker Arnold has been playing for French club Toulouse since 2019 but recently returned to Australia for his brother’s wedding.
The Australians will play two away Tests against Argentina, coached by former Wallabies mentor Michael Cheika, in a four-nation rugby tournament that also includes New Zealand and South Africa.
The 36-man Australian touring team, which will be announced Thursday, will also include Queensland Reds defender Jock Campbell.
Campbell, 27, who was used as a defender, winger and linebacker during the Reds Super Rugby Pacific campaign, was part of the Australian team that took part in the recently concluded Pacific Nations Cup in Fiji.
Former Reds star Quaid Cooper will tour Argentina after recovering from a calf injury that saw him miss Australia’s 2-1 Test loss to England.
Cooper was scheduled to start flyhalf before injuring his calf during the pre-match warm-up for the first Test in Perth.
The Wallabies won this test, but Cooper’s poise and calmness were not enough until the end of the series: Australia lost in Brisbane and Sydney to Eddie Jones’s England.
The Australians have lost five of their last six Tests.
Wallabies coach Dave Rennie said: “We have to be better. We have a lot of muddy (left). We have three weeks into the season, so we need to clean up a few things before Argentina.”
The Wallabies will face Argentina in Mendoza on August 7 (AEST) and San Juan on August 14 (AEST) before returning home for tests against South Africa (August 27, Adelaide and September 3, Sydney) and New Zealand (September 15, Melbourne). ).
Rennie’s men then close out their rugby championship campaign with a return test against the All Blacks at Eden Park in Auckland on 24 September.
New Zealand are reeling after losing 2-1 to Ireland in the home series.
Originally published as Rory Arnold and Jock Campbell to tour Argentina with Wallabies