...but it's not the Slipper you're probably thinking of.
Liberal National Party Federal Member for Fisher Peter Slipper is a very proud uncle today. His nephew James Slipper has been selected in the 30-man Qantas Wallabies Tri-Nations Squad, just announced.
"The media sees this as a rapid rise to the top for James but I know he's put in the hard yards since he was a young boy," Peter says.
"It's a real thrill to see that work pay off."
The 21-year-old Queensland Reds prop has made the Australian squad after his impressive Test debut in the June Test series. He was called into that side as a replacement for the injured Ben Alexander. James went on to impress coach Robbie Deans with his performances from the bench in the games against England and Ireland, the first game being his Test debut.
The Wallabies have their opening Tri-Nations Test against South Africa in Brisbane on July 24. Peter and his wife Inge hope to be at the game.
James was raised on the Gold Coast and is the son of Robin Slipper, one of Peter's two brothers.
James has been described as 'the most promising double-sided prop for many years' (The Australian, 7.7.10) and 'one of Australia's brightest front row prospects' (The Sydney Morning Herald, 22.6.10). He is also Australian 2009 Under 20s Player of the Year.
LNP Federal Member for Fisher Peter Slipper
08 July 2010