'Unworthy' Campese

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David Campese, who is considering offers from three English clubs, was yesterday declared to be unworthy of his place in the Australian Test side.

Paul McLean, the former Australian captain, said Campese should be left stranded on 99 career Tests. McLean, a former chairman of selectors, questioned Campese's place in the side after Joe Roff was dropped from the team to play South Africa in Australia's final Tri-Nations series Test match in Bloemfontein tomorrow. New Zealand have already won the series.

Campese has shown nothing to deserve to be in the Wallaby side ahead of Roff, according to McLean, and the 33-year-old should not be considered for the end-of-season tour to Italy, Ireland, Scotland and England. Campese hopes to play his 100th Test in the first match against Italy on that tour.

McLean said that Campese should be overlooked for the tour as the world's leading try-scorer has said that he wishes to play out his career with either Saracens, Harlequins or Sale next year.

"I believe he's not going to play for us next year, so what's the point?" McLean said. "It's a terrific opportunity to blood someone else."

The New South Wales lock John Wellborn will make his Test debut for Australia against South Africa tomorrow. The 25-year-old is the only new cap in the side. The experienced No 8 Tim Gavin will play in his preferred position while Michael Brial moves to the flank.

The prop Dan Crowley, who has been suffering from a broken toe, passed a fitness test and will pack down with hooker Michael Foley and tight- head Andrew Heath.

AUSTRALIA (Tri-Nations Test v South Africa, Bloemfontein, tomorrow): M Burke; B Tune, D Herbert, P Howard, D Campese; S Bowen, G Gregan; A Heath, M Foley, D Crowley, J Eales (capt), J Wellborn, D Wilson, T Gavin M Brial. Replacements: J Roff, R Tombs, S Payne, D Manu, M Caputo, R Harry

n The Great Britain sprinter Jason John is having trials with the Second Division side Moseley. John, who was left out of the Olympic squad, has decided to switch sports and Moseley are prepared to offer him a professional contract if he impresses in their early-season games.

Bridgend have signed the Canadian international scrum-half John Graf to replace their Welsh international star Robert Howley, who has joined Cardiff.

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