If Shepherdson is unable to play against Japan and Wales, it means that Baxter will get promoted to tight-head. The last thing Australia wants to do is field a front row against Wales that features Dunning and Baxter. Baxter shouldn't be in the squad, and right now I think Shepherdson is as ever bit as important as guys like Larkham, Vickerman and Smith in that if he doesn't play Australia will have to field one of the most embarassing prop combinations in their history. I don't understand why Connolly just didn't pick Blake. Sure, he's can't really cover loose-head, but Baxter can't play on EITHER side of the scrum. I'm sure Dunning could switch over to tight head if they were really desperate, but Baxter's inclusion could really hurt the Wallabies in the tough games.