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Classic Finegan to take the field for Wallabies

Lismore MP Thomas George, Classic Wallabies coaches Owen Finegan and Stephen Hoiles with Barbarians coach Alan Jones and support staff.
Lismore MP Thomas George, Classic Wallabies coaches Owen Finegan and Stephen Hoiles with Barbarians coach Alan Jones and support staff. Mitchell Craig

CLASSIC Wallabies coach Owen Finegan could be a late inclusion into the side when they take on the international Barbarians at Crozier Field, Lismore, tomorrow.

Finegan was joined by former Wallabies Stephen Hoiles, Radike Samo and Morgan Turinui along with Barbarians coach Alan Jones at the Lismore Turf Club yesterday.

Finegan, 45, will take the place of Yamba product Kane Douglas, who was recalled into Michael Cheika's Wallabies following the injury to Rob Simmons in the 23-18 win over the All Blacks on Saturday night.

"I'm not too worried but at 45 I don't plan on being out there too long,” Finegan said.

"For me it will be five or 10 minutes off the bench hopefully and we certainly won't be relying on me.

"I dare say the Barbarians will be going a bit harder than us but we have guys that are still playing at a professional level.

"We're turning up to be more than competitive but at the same time we won't be super serious.

"We want to help at the grassroots level and both teams have included players who were at the Western Force too.”

The Classic Wallabies will have plenty of talent in the team with dual rugby league and rugby union international Lote Tuqiri and the recently retired Drew Mitchell.

Tuqiri played in two rugby union world cups before coming back to the NRL where he won a premiership with South Sydney in his final year in 2014.

Axed Wallabies five-eighth Quade Cooper is playing for the Barbarians along with former Western Force captain Matt Hodgson.

"Lote has slowed down a bit but he's ticked a lot of boxes and he'll still be one to watch,” Finegan said.

"Radike Samo is still a wonderful player and a lot of our guys are capable of mixing it with the best.

"Drew has done a lot of commentating on the game lately and he'll get the chance to do that on Tuesday when I put him at fullback.”

The Classic Wallabies will host a coaching clinic at Lismore Rugby Club tonight from 5pm-7pm.

The game tomorrow night kicks-off at 5.30pm with tickets available at www.visitlismore. com.au