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Tom Banks returns to help Australia A to thrilling win over Japan

By AAP
(Photo by James Worsfold/Getty Images)

Wallabies fullback Tom Banks has made a successful return from a sickening arm injury as Australia A claimed a last-gasp 22-21 win over a Japan XV in Fukuoka.

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Banks played 40 minutes and scored a try on Saturday as the tourists made it two wins from two games against the Japan XV containing many Test players.

It was his first match since suffering a badly broken arm in a fall during an aerial contest in the first Test against England in Perth three months ago.

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The Australians left it late to claim victory with flyhalf Tane Edmed slotting an angled conversion with time up at Best Denki Stadium.

Down 21-15 with time running out, hooker Richie Asiata had shunted over for a try from a rolling maul drive.

Banks did everything required to prove his readiness for a potential return to the Wallabies squad ahead of the upcoming European tour, as did starting fullback Jock Campbell who played the opening 40 minutes and also bagged a try.

Banks was on the field for just three minutes when he burst onto a crisp wide pass from Edmed 65 metres out, before linking with winger Dylan Pietsch.

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Pietsch then passed back to Banks who displayed some neat footwork to shrug off the cover defence for an impressive try and a 15-8 lead.

The Australians fought back twice during the game. They clawed back to 10-8 at half-time after being down 8-0 after as many minutes.

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