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Houston answers Wallabies Rugby Championship call

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The Wallabies have called Bath and Reds No.8 Leroy Houston into their Rugby Championship squad as an injury replacement for Sean McMahon due to injury.

MacMahon will miss the next month of rugby after injuring his ankle in the Wallabies 18-10 loss to the Springboks at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.

Houston returned to Australia from England earlier this to join Bath but was loaned back to the English club and will now join the Wallabies squad in London for this weekend’s match against Argentina.

The No.8 made a big impact in the opening rounds of the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship before making an immediate impact for Bath in the Aviva Premiership, scoring a try in his return match at Recreation Ground and receiving the Aviva Player of the Round.

The Queensland Reds and Brisbane City number 8 has been on a short-term loan to Bath Rugby, following his return to Australia in May this year to advance his international and Super Rugby ambitions.

Michael Cheika is now faced with the prospect of yet another backrow combination, with McMahon joining fellow Wallabies number 8 David Pocock on the sidelines due to injury, with Houston and Wallabies rookie Lopeti Timani both in contention for selection this Saturday.

The Wallabies arrived in London early this morning ahead of The Rugby Championship finale and Rugby World Cup semi-final replay against Argentina at Twickenham.

MacMahon has returned to Australia for treatment. He is unlikely to play in the third Bledisloe Cup match on  October 22 in Auckland.

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