Uncapped prop Toby Smith is a newcomer while Wycliff Palu and Matt Giteau return in the 31-man Wallabies squad chosen to prepare for next week’s Rugby Championship decider against New Zealand.
Smith, 26, was called in by coach Michael Cheika following a consistent Super Rugby campaign for the Melbourne Rebels.
Powerhouse No.8 Palu was rested from the opening two Test wins against South Africa and Argentina to overcome injury niggles but returns for the clash with the All Blacks at Sydney ANZ Stadium on Saturday week.
Recalled veteran Giteau is back after being rested from the Argentina trip, having taken a physical battering against the Springboks in Brisbane.
Players to miss out were No.8 Scott Higginbotham, hooker James Hanson and winger Nick Cummins.
Cheika resisted any urge to rush former Test lock Kane Douglas straight back in after he signed a three-year deal with the Queensland Reds on Friday following his return from Ireland.
Cheika indicated Wallabies staff would assess in the next week how well he had recovered from back surgery before deciding when he might come into the selection frame.
Cheika said: “We have been able to look at a few different combinations during the first two rounds of The Rugby Championship and the squad is starting to take shape.
“In addition to the 31 players, we’ll be bringing some injured and fringe players into camp to continue their rehabilitation and manage their return to play. It’s important that they remain connected and contribute to the group.
“Toby has had a solid season with the Rebels, and has been working really hard while the group has been away. Our intention was always to rest Wycliff prior to this camp, and he has come back in great shape and really eager to play.”
Douglas announced his signing with Queensland on a three-year deal. “It’s going to be a new challenge for me, but I’m looking forward to it,” Douglas, 26, said. “I know a heap of the Reds guys from playing with them at the Wallabies.
“It’s great to see the Wallabies build some depth across the park over the past 12 months, especially at lock, and I’ll be working hard to fight my way back into contention.”
Cheika, who coached Douglas at the Waratahs, said he was delighted the 14-cap Wallaby has returned to Australian rugby.
But any minutes the hard-nosed second-rower gets in before the World Cup will be dependent upon how well he has recovered from back surgery, which ruined the second half of his season with Ireland.
“It’s great to see Kane back playing his rugby in Australia for the long term,” Cheika said.
“His return will bolster our tight five stocks and that is a strong objective of ours over the next 18 months. Kane will join a very competitive race to the wear the number four and five jerseys within the Wallabies, with [Rob] Simmons, [Will] Skelton, [James] Horwill, [Rory] Arnold, [Sam] Carter and [Dean] Mumm all in the mix.
“We will see how Kane is progressing physically over the next week, before considering him for any game time.”
Wallabies squad: Adam Ashley-Cooper, Kurtley Beale, Quade Cooper, Scott Fardy, Israel Folau, Bernard Foley, Matt Giteau, Greg Holmes, Michael Hooper, James Horwill, Sekope Kepu, Tevita Kuridrani, Christian Lealiifano, Stephen Moore (capt), Drew Mitchell, Ben McCalman, Sean McMahon, Dean Mumm, Wycliff Palu, Nick Phipps, David Pocock, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Scott Sio, Rob Simmons, Will Skelton, James Slipper, Toby Smith, Henry Speight, Matt Toomua, Joe Tomane, Nic White.