Godwin, Faingaa get call-ups

Saia Faingaa (Getty)
Saia Faingaa (Getty)

Sydney - Uncapped centre Kyle Godwin and 29-test hooker Saia Faingaa have been included in Ewen McKenzie's 30-man Australia squad for next week's Rugby Championship test against South Africa in Perth.

Utility back Pat McCabe and hooker Nathan Charles were both injured in the 51-20 loss to New Zealand last weekend and will be unavailable for the rest of the campaign.

McCabe fractured his neck for the third time and his Super Rugby coach Stephen Larkham told ABC radio on Wednesday that the 26-year-old would be retiring from rugby.

Charles, who got his chance after injuries to Stephen Moore and Tatafu Polota-Nau, was ruled out for the rest of the season with a pectoral tear he sustained at Eden Park.

Polota-Nau returns to the squad but will not be considered for selection against the Springboks in Perth as he recovers from an injured knee, leaving James Hanson likely to start.

The versatile and pacy Godwin would probably have already made his test debut had he not suffered from a string of injuries over the last couple of years.

The 22-year-old missed the backend of the Super Rugby season for the Western Force because of a knee injury and was scheduled to make his return to action in the National Rugby Championship this weekend.

Squad:

Backs - Israel Folau, Peter Betham, Rob Horne, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Tevita Kuridrani, Matt Toomua, Kyle Godwin, Christian Leali'ifano, Kurtley Beale, Bernard Foley, Nic White, Nick Phipps, Luke Burgess.

Forwards - Wycliff Palu, Ben McCalman, Michael Hooper, Matt Hodgson, Scott Higginbotham, Scott Fardy, Rob Simmons, James Horwill, Sam Carter, Will Skelton, Sekope Kepu, Ben Alexander, James Slipper, Pek Cowan, James Hanson, Saia Fainga'a, Tatafu Polota-Nau.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
loading... Live
Leicester City 0
Slavia Praha 1
loading... Live
Manchester United 0
Real Sociedad 0
Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Rugby
41% - 12233 votes
Cricket
12% - 3652 votes
Football
19% - 5564 votes
Athletics
3% - 774 votes
Boxing
1% - 296 votes
Cycling
2% - 695 votes
Golf
5% - 1530 votes
Motorsport
8% - 2500 votes
Tennis
3% - 1044 votes
Water sports
1% - 271 votes
American sports
1% - 379 votes
MMA / WWE / UFC
3% - 999 votes
Vote