Rugby Union; Wallaby reject receives late call

Combined Scottish Districts 19 Australia 37

The rollercoaster rugby career of Tim Gavin reached a fresh high yesterday when the 32-year-old New South Wales No 8 and captain was called up by Australia for the remainder of their European tour.

Gavin, capped 45 times, replaces Mark Connors, who was added to a growing injury list during a 37-19 victory over a combined Edinburgh/Glasgow side at Anniesland. Connors snapped knee ligaments when he lost his footing during one of the rolling mauls used to establish a victory platform over a spirited combined side, among whom Test contender Kenny Logan showed signs of running into form.

Although the coach Greg Smith tried to console Connors by indicating he would have gained a debut cap at Murrayfield next week, the player was devastated. "I can't believe it. I was so close to my dream and now flight QF2 beckons." The Australians want to spare every member of the likely Test side any risk of injury when they play a Scottish Select in Perth tomorrow evening. They hope Gavin will arrive in time to play.

Gavin has a few points to prove. He was left out of the tour party despite being a member of the Wallaby side which played in the final match of the Tri-series. In the weeks leading up to the tour, Gavin was even touted as a contender for the captaincy.

He was then named one of two extra players who would have travelled had it been possible to arrange the Test against England.

The build-up to Saturday's Test against Scotland is likely to be dominated by talk of Australia's mauling, a tactic which the "combined cities" coach, Kevin Greene, claimed could only be stopped illegally. "There were times when the referee could have penalised Australia for blocking. They had guys in front of the ball carrier and the only way to defend is to give away penalties at source and hopefully not concede a seven-pointer."

Smith refused to be drawn into controversy. "It's probably best for me not to talk about laws." The injury to Connors apart, Smith was more forthcoming about the ability of his side to stay upright despite slippery underfoot conditions. Richard Harry looked useful in broken play and Warwick Waugh also posed a threat at the lineout, where he and John Welborne dominated.

Denied a similar springboard, Combined Districts had to rely heavily on the goal-kicking of Ally Donaldson to keep them in contention for more than an hour and feed off poor Australian ball retention.

Combined Scottish Districts: Try Logan. Conversion Donaldson. Penalties Donaldson 4. Australia: Tries Connors, Manu, Wilson, Knox, Campese. Conversions Knox 3. Penalties Knox 2.

COMBINED SCOTTISH DISTRICTS: D Lee (Watsonians); D Stark (Melrose), S Hastings (Watsonians, capt), A Garry (Watsonians), K Logan (Stirling County); A Donaldson (Currie), G Beveridge (Boroughmuir); A Watt (Currie), G Bulloch (West), B Stewart (Edinburgh Accies), P Jennings (Boroughmuir), A Lucking (Currie), S Reid (Boroughmuir), D McLeish (West), D Clark (Currie).

Australia: J Roff; D Campese, B Tune, D Herbert, P Howard; D Knox, G Gregan; R Harry, M Foley, A Blades, W Waugh, J Welborne, D Manu (M Caputo, 66), M Connors (T Kefu, 63), D Wilson (capt).

Referee: A Watson (Ireland).

News
Russia Today’s new UK channel began broadcasting yesterday. Discussions so far have included why Britons see Russia as ‘the bad guy’
news

New UK station Russia Today gives a very bizarre view of Britain

News
people
Voices
Left: An illustration of the original Jim Crowe, played by TD Rice Right: A Couple dressed as Ray and Janay Rice
voices

By performing as African Americans or Indians, white people get to play act a kind of 'imaginary liberation', writes Michael Mark Cohen

Arts and Entertainment
Keira Knightley and Benedict Cumberbatch at the premiere of The Imitation Game at the BFI London Film Festival
filmsKeira Knightley tried to miss The Imitation Game premiere to watch Bake Off
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
i100
Life and Style
fashion
Arts and Entertainment
Hand out press photograph/film still from the movie Mad Max Fury Road (Downloaded from the Warner Bro's media site/Jasin Boland/© 2014 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.)
films'You have to try everything and it’s all a process of elimination, but ultimately you find your path'
Arts and Entertainment
Imelda Staunton as Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter films
books

New essay by JK Rowling went live on Pottermore site this morning

News
people

Top Gear presenter is no stranger to foot-in-mouth controversy

News
i100
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Humanities Teacher - Greater Manchester

£22800 - £33600 per annum: Randstad Education Manchester Secondary: The JobAt ...

Design Technology Teacher

£22800 - £33600 per annum: Randstad Education Manchester Secondary: Calling al...

Foundation Teacher

£100 - £125 per day: Randstad Education Chelmsford: EYFS Teachers - East Essex...

English Teacher- Manchester

£19200 - £33600 per annum: Randstad Education Manchester Secondary: Are you a ...

Day In a Page

The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
The camera is turned on tabloid editors in Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter'

Gotcha! The camera is turned on tabloid editors

Hugh Grant says Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter' documentary will highlight issues raised by Leveson
Fall of the Berlin Wall: It was thanks to Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell

Fall of the Berlin Wall

It was thanks to Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell
Halloween 2014: What makes Ouija boards, demon dolls, and evil clowns so frightening?

What makes ouija boards and demon dolls scary?

Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
A safari in modern Britain: Rose Rouse reveals how her four-year tour of Harlesden taught her as much about the UK as it did about NW10

Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
Welcome to my world of no smell and odd tastes: How a bike accident left one woman living with unwanted food mash-ups

'My world of no smell and odd tastes'

A head injury from a bicycle accident had the surprising effect of robbing Nell Frizzell of two of her senses

Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

The "stand-up mathematician" is using comedy nights to preach maths to big audiences
Paul Scholes column: Beating Manchester City is vital part of life at Manchester United. This is first major test for Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – it’s not a game to lose

Paul Scholes column

Beating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
Frank Warren: Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing

Frank Warren column

Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing
Adrian Heath interview: Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room

Adrian Heath's American dream...

Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room
Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are too good to fail and derby allows them to start again, says Simon Hart
Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes