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Higginbotham recalled by Wallabies

Rebels back-rower Scott Higginbotham has been recalled to the Australian squad to bolster the Wallabies stock of loose forwards.

Higginbotham is serving a two-Test ban for striking All Blacks captain Richie McCaw but will be available to play for the Wallabies against Italy next weekend.

He will arrive in London on Saturday before the Test against England in Twickenham.

His call-up comes after the loss of second-rowers Kane Douglas and Rob Simmons.

Douglas has a knee injury that needs monitoring while Simmons has been banned for eight weeks after a lifting tackle on French breakaway Yannick Nyanga.