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Girdler Gets His Chance Against
Penrith Panthers centre Ryan Girdler will make his first appearance of the Think! Road Safety Kangaroo Tour when they face Wales in Bridgend on Sunday, while Phil Bailey and Shane Webcke return from injury for the clash. Girdler, 31, has not played since the NRL Grand Final at the start of October, when he suffered a calf injury.
However, he will end a two-year absence from the Australian side when he steps out at Brewery Field on Sunday in their final game before the Ashes Series.
Kangaroos coach Chris Anderson also welcomes prop Shane Webcke back into the side after he sat out Tuesday's 26-22 win over England A at Brentford with a slight back problem.
Cronulla's Phil Bailey will start at centre after recovering from the bruised foot sustained against France last weekend.
Australian team: Darren Lockyer; Anthony Minichello, Ryan Girdler, Phil Bailey, Shannon Hegarty; Craig Gower, Brett Kimmorley; Shane Webcke, Danny Buderus, Petero Civoniceva, Steve Simpson, Craig Fitzgibbon, Luke Ricketson. Subs: Richard Villasanti, Willie Mason, Trent Waterhouse, Craig Wing.