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Tuesday, 31 July, 2001, 07:34 GMT 08:34 UK
Larkham makes Wallabies return
Stephen Larkham
Larkham will be back in action for the Wallabies
Fly-half Stephen Larkham and wing Ben Tune joined the Australian squad on Tuesday as they prepare for the Tri-Nations Test against New Zealand on 11 August.

Larkham missed the Wallabies' deciding victory over the Lions on 14 July and their Tri-Nations loss to South Africa last Saturday because of injury.

The talented playmaker, who damaged a nerve in his arm in the second Test against the Lions on 7 July, said he has fully recovered and is ready to take on the All-Blacks at Dunedin.

Tune also returns from injury, having hurt his shoulder in the closing stages of the Super 12 series, and was back in action at club rugby level with Queensland last weekend.

Ben Tune in action
Tune returns to the squad after his shoulder injury
Second row David Giffin has managed to hold onto his place in the 30-man squad despite a three-week suspension for hitting opponent Robbie Fleck with his forearm in Pretoria.

ACT Brumbies lock Justin Harrison has been recalled by selectors.

He made an impressive debut in the third Lions Test, but failed to make it on the field for the Springboks clash last weekend.

Utility back James Holbeck also comes back into the Wallabies sqad, putting his hamstring troubles behind him.

The squad will get together at their training base in Coffs Harbour on Saturday.

Australia's squad:

Backs: Stephen Larkham, Ben Tune, George Gregan, Chris Whitaker, Elton Flatley, Manuel Edmonds, Joe Roff, James Holbeck, Nathan Grey, Graeme Bond, Daniel Herbert, Andrew Walker, Chris Latham, Matthew Burke.

Forwards: Nick Stiles, Bill Young, Michael Foley, Brendan Cannon, Rod Moore, Ben Darwin, David Giffin, John Eales (captain), Justin Harrison, Mark Connors, Owen Finegan, Matt Cockbain, George Smith, Phil Waugh, Toutai Kefu, David Lyons.

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