Injured young gun Jordan Petaia was also expected to pitch up at Ballymore, despite missing all but the first three rounds of Queensland’s Super Rugby season with a Lisfranc ligament injury.
A few of his Reds team mates, such as giant young second rower Harry Hockings and Chris Feauai-Sautia were also included, as were Brumbies forwards Toni Pulu and Rob Valetini.
The rookies joined the rest of the squad, which is largely based on last year’s spring tour squad, with additions such as five-eighths Christian Lealiifano, Quade Cooper and Matt Toomua, as well as Brumbies prop James Slipper and Melbourne second rower Luke Jones.
Clark has gone about his work with little fanfare this season, notwithstanding the monster hit he put on Sharks winger Makazole Mapimpi at Bankwest Stadium in round 11.
Along with fellow wingers Alex Newsome and Curtis Rona, Clark has had to fill big shoes this season since the departure of Fijian winger Taqele Naiyaravoro and, more recently, Folau.
The attacking stats are still well down on last year, a season that saw NSW make the semi-finals. The Waratahs languish in 10th spot on the try-scoring stats.
Only Clark and Kurtley Beale feature in the rankings, with Clark in equal 10th spot for clean breaks and Beale, Folau’s replacement at fullback, equal sixth spot for carries.