Campese criticised

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Tim Horan should be omitted from Australia's World Cup squad, according to his team-mate, David Campese. Horan, a centre, suffered a serious knee injury 13 months ago and is trying to regain full fitness in time for next month's World Cup in South Africa.

"I don't think they should pick him," Campese said. "He's not really the Tim Horan of old. It takes a lot of guts and hard work to get where he is, but he's not quite the same player.''

Campese, the world record holder for try scoring, was criticised by the Australian chairman of selectors, Paul McLean, who said that his statements were "totally irresponsible".

Michael Jones, one of the world's best flankers, has been omitted from the final All Black trial for World Cup places because of his religious beliefs.

Jones is a Christian who declines to play on Sundays and World Cup matches are due to be played on the sabbath.