Former Western Force prop Ollie Hoskins gets shock call-up to Wallabies squad for clash with England

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Nick TaylorThe West Australian
Former Western Force player Ollie Hoskins has received a shock call up to the Wallabies as they prepare to tackle England.
Camera IconFormer Western Force player Ollie Hoskins has received a shock call up to the Wallabies as they prepare to tackle England. Credit: Simon Santi/WA News

Former Western Force front-rower Ollie Hoskins has been drafted into the Wallabies squad as they prepare to face England in Sunday’s clash at Twickenham.

Hoskins, who went to Scotch College and played for Cottesloe in the RugbyWA competition, has been called into the spring tour squad as cover for injured star Taniela Tupou.

The tighthead, who now plays for London Irish, is an Australian under-20 representative and played 26 games for the Force from 2014-16.

Hoskins, 28, has made 123 appearances for the Exiles and was brought in by Australian coach Dave Rennie after Tupou suffered a head clash in Sunday’s 15-13 loss to Scotland in Edinburgh.

Tupou failed a HIA during the match and while he has not been officially ruled out of the England Test is unlikely to play.

Hoskins, whose brother Tobias is Cottesloe’s Premier Grade winning captain, said: “It’s pretty wild - it’s hard to put into words how I feel to be honest,”

He told the London Irish website: “It’s surreal - it’s something that I thought was off the table for me when I moved over here and set-up my life here.

“They’ve obviously recently changed the laws - so when I got that phone call last night, it was an incredible moment.

“Obviously nothing is guaranteed in terms of playing time, but just to receive the call-up and be considered is a huge privilege and confirmation that I’m on the right path and doing the right things.

“I’m just going to lap up the experience and hopefully come back a better man and a better player.”

The Hoskins’ brothers mum Jennifer and friend Irma Cooper were known as the “scrum mums” who organised the 2004 public rally at Subiaco Oval where 5000 fans spelt out “Super 14 For Perth” to help tip the battle against Melbourne for a side in Perth.

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