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The Sydney Morning Herald

WALLABIES LOSE ONE AS CRUSHERS SNARE FULLBACK

Author: GREG GROWDEN
Date: 06/09/1994
Words: 407
          Publication: Sydney Morning Herald
Section: Sport
Page: 60
A new Emerging Wallabies fullback has to be found after Australian under-21 representative Nathan Turner withdrew from the tour yesterday, announcing he had signed with the South Queensland Crushers rugby league team.

The Brisbane-based Turner refused to sign an Emerging Wallaby tour agreement, which includes a clause asking all players to state whether they would be available for 1995 World Cup selection.

If any player turns to league after the tour, they are liable to reimburse the Australian Rugby Football Union for all tour expenses.

At a meeting of the Queensland Emerging Wallaby squad members in Brisbane yesterday, Turner, 20, was asked to declare his intention of playing rugby next season. He immediately withdrew from the squad, and announced he was switching codes, signing with the Crushers for two years.

"Once I had made up my mind to play rugby league, I was never going to take the Emerging Wallabies trip, as effectively it did not belong to me," Turner said yesterday.

Turner has also been ruled ineligible to play for his club, Sunnybank, in this weekend's Brisbane union semi-finals.

Turner's replacement for the six-match tour through Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa will be announced later this week, with ACT's Rodney Kafer or Randwick's Paul Horton the most likely choices.

* Wallaby winger David Campese reverts to his old position of fullback for the French Barbarians against the original Barbarians in Paris tonight .

Campese played 16 Tests at fullback before becoming the most prolific try-scorer in history with his explosive finishing on the wing.

Another Australian great, recently retired halfback Nick Farr-Jones, joins Campese and 13 Frenchmen of varying vintages, including the only man to surpass 100 caps, Philippe Sella.

PAGE 59: Gordon grant O'Neill his final wish.

 
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