Brendan McKibbin at Waratahs training last month. Photo: Brendan Esposito
NSW Waratahs halfback Brendan McKibbin has been summoned to join the Wallabies squad for the final Test of their European tour against Wales.
The uncapped McKibbin’s call came after Brett Sheehan was ruled out of contention for Saturday’s Test in Cardiff because of the ankle injury he suffered in the 22-19 win against Italy at the weekend.
He will arrive on Tuesday and is likely to fill a bench spot, with Nick Phipps set to resume the starting halfback role.
Sheehan is to undergo an MRI scan with fears he has an ankle syndesmosis injury.
A post-game x-ray cleared Sheehan of any broken bones and he has travelled to Wales with the squad but will be unable to play.
Sheehan was making his run-on debut for the Wallabies in Florence six years after his Test debut but it ended cruelly when he was replaced after 31 minutes after an Italian forward fell across his leg.
McKibbin has made 30 Super Rugby appearances, with half of those being this year.He will be the fourth Wallabies replacement this tour following on from the Melbourne Rebels trio of Scott Higginbotham, Mitch Inman and Caderyn Neville.
NSW Waratahs lock Kane Douglas has re-joined the squad after missing the Italian leg of the tour in order to stay near his ill mother in London while he continued rehabilitation from a knee injury.
Douglas will be assessed by the Wallabies medical staff early in the week to determine his availability for the tour finale.His return would further bolster the second-row resources, which took a hit when Rob Simmons was suspended after the tour-opening Test in Paris.
The Wallabies’ appeal against Simmons’ eight-game sentence will take place at Bristol on Tuesday night (Wednesday morning AEDT).