Henjak called up for Wallabies

Last updated at 09:08 19 October 2004

Harlequins' Australian scrum-half Matt Henjak has been called into the Wallabies squad for the November tour of Europe.

Henjak had only just joined on a short-term contract and made two appearances for the struggling Quins but will leave the club immediately after being named overnight as a replacement in the Australia squad for injured scrum-half Chris Whitaker.

Whitaker suffered a torn groin muscle playing for Randwick in the Sydney club final and needs six weeks' rest, which prompted Wallabies coach Eddie Jones to turn to the inexperienced Henjak.

"Matt is currently playing for Harlequins in the UK and will finish up there immediately," said Jones.

"He made his Test debut against England in Brisbane this year and has gained some valuable experiences as part of the extended squad.

"He is a good young player and this will be a great opportunity for him to further develop his game."

Henjak's call-up is yet another setback to Harlequins boss Mark Evans, whose attempts to sign South African Geo Cronje hit a hitch yesterday when the Blue Bulls claimed the giant lock is still under contract with them until 2005.

Harlequins are rooted to the bottom of the Zurich Premiership table and Evans is desperately embarking on a recruitment drive to keep his famous club in the top flight.

But his plans appear to be unravelling round his ears, with Cronje's move in doubt and Henjak included in a 28-man tour squad which now includes 13 members of Super 12 champions, the ACT Brumbies.