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Wallabies call up Force centre Godwin for Boks

Western Force inside centre Kyle Godwin is tackled by Tyler Bleyendaal

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Article Published: Wednesday 27 August 2014|

Western Force inside centre Kyle Godwin has been selected to join the Wallabies 30-man squad for the next stage of their 2014 Rugby Championship campaign against South Africa in Perth.

The 22-year-old was unavailable for selection in the past due to injury but has returned to full fitness and is set to return to the field this Sunday for the Perth Spirit in the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship (NRC).

While the team is in Perth, Western Force hooker Heath Tessman and prop Tetera Faulkner will be invited to train with the Wallabies squad.

The Wallabies endured two further injuries in their recent clash against the All Blacks in Auckland and will be without Western Force hooker Nathan Charles and winger Pat McCabe.

A breakthrough campaign from Charles has come to a premature end with the Western Force hooker to miss the remainder of the 2014 Test season with a pectoral tear.

Godwin said he was not expecting the call-up to the Wallabies squad.

"It's still sinking in to be honest," he said.

"Foles (Force coach Michael Foley) told me that I'd been selected just now it was certainly a surprise.

"It's obviously a great feeling and I'm very thankful to Ewen for the opportunity. It's a great chance to learn a lot off a squad of experienced and senior players, and I'll certainly be looking to put my best foot forward.

"However, given I'll be playing my first game in four months this weekend, my focus is very much on Sunday's match for the Perth Spirit. The guys did a fantastic job in Canberra last weekend and it's up to us to keep that momentum going against a quality Brisbane City line-up this week."

Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie congratulated Godwin on his inclusion.

"Kyle is someone who has been on the national radar for some time, but unfortunately hasn't had much of an opportunity to join the Wallabies environment due to injury," McKenzie said.

"He now gets his chance to join the squad, and we'll look forward to learning more about him."

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