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2020 Wallabies squad announcement

2020 Wallabies squad announcement

Dave Rennie has announced his first Wallaby squad today, with a 44-man squad named in his inaugural squad to play in the 2020 Test season in.

There are 16 players getting their first taste in a Wallabies squad for the first time with 8 of those 16 having only debuted in Super Rugby for the first time in 2020.

In total there are 13 players from the Brumbies, 11 from the Queensland Reds and NSW Waratahs and 9 from the Melbourne Rebels.

The notable omissions from the squad are Isi Naisarani and Jack Dempsey in a congested backrow and Tevita Kuridrani from the backline.

The full squad will gather in camp next Monday following the Super Rugby AU final between the Brumbies and Queensland in Canberra on Saturday night.

The full squad is:

Jermaine Ainsley (Melbourne Rebels)
Allan Alaalatoa (Brumbies)
Tom Banks (Brumbies)
Angus Bell* (NSW Waratahs)
Filipo Daugunu* (Queensland Reds)
Pone Fa’amausili* (Melbourne Rebels)
Folau Fainga’a (Brumbies)
Jake Gordon (NSW Waratahs)
Ned Hanigan (NSW Waratahs)
Will Harrison* (NSW Waratahs)
Dane Haylett-Petty (Melbourne Rebels)
Reece Hodge (Melbourne Rebels)
Michael Hooper (NSW Waratahs)
Tom Horton* (NSW Waratahs)
Trevor Hosea* (Melbourne Rebels)
Len Ikitau* (Brumbies)
Harry Johnson-Holmes (NSW Waratahs)
Marika Koroibete (Melbourne Rebels)
Noah Lolesio* (Brumbies)
Jack Maddocks (NSW Waratahs)
Tate McDermott* (Queensland Reds)
Fraser McReight* (Queensland Reds)

James O’Connor (Queensland Reds)
Brandon Paenga-Amosa (Queensland Reds)
Hunter Paisami* (Queensland Reds)
Jordan Petaia (Queensland Reds)
Matt Philip (Melbourne Rebels)
Joe Powell (Brumbies)
James Ramm* (NSW Waratahs)
Lukhan Salakaia-Loto (Queensland Reds)
Pete Samu (Brumbies)
Rob Simmons (NSW Waratahs)
Irae Simone* (Brumbies)
Scott Sio (Brumbies)
James Slipper (Brumbies)
Lachie Swinton* (NSW Waratahs)
Matt To’omua (Melbourne Rebels)
Taniela Tupou (Queensland Reds)
Jordan Uelese (Melbourne Rebels)
Rob Valetini (Brumbies)
Nic White (Brumbies)
Harry Wilson* (Queensland Reds)
Liam Wright (Queensland Reds)
Tom Wright* (Brumbies
* = uncapped
  • UTG

    Swinton is very lucky to be there ahead of Isi and Dempsey. I can’t really fathom Naisarani’s exclusion.

    • Yeah I don’t get the Swinton selection (and i’m a tahs fan) c.f. someone like Naisarani.

      • Brumby Runner

        My thoughts were thnat Isi was the No 1 pick for the No 8 spot and Jack Dempsey was very close behind. Can’t fathom how they both missed out. That’s a lot of experience and good form that has been excluded.

        Rennie must have a lot of faith in the Reds young back rowers and must be going to rely on them to get the job done.

        • Or that Samu plays the game he wants

        • Reds Revival

          If he was leaving Isi out, I thought that would have made a compelling case for Brynard Stander as a big bodied ball carrier, which we are now lacking in our loosies. No disrespect, but I don’t think that Samu, Hooper and whichever 6 he chooses, is really going to have other teams worried.

        • Mica

          Wilson is a pretty big bodied ball carrier. He’s also got a good support and passing game. He’s already got a pretty strong case as an in form 8 and it’s likely that he’ll get a lot better with age and experience.

      • Huw Tindall

        Swinton is an out and out 6, a proper line out target, and has some skills too so just what Rennie likes. Remember his pass back on the inside to put Maddocks through for one of the set piece tries of the season? Looking at the squad he picked 3 opensides, 3 blindsides, and 2 eights – Samu and Wilson. Must have been hard to leave out Isi. On Hoss’s Wallabies team voting thingo I had Hooper 7, Wright 6, Naisarani 8 with Samu on the bench. Guess that’s why I’m not a selector!

        • UTG

          Get all that about Swinton but he is ridiculously hotheaded and has been since a schoolboy. I wonder what would have happened had he been red carded as he should have been for the shoulder to the head at the end of the Rebels match.

        • Mica

          Agree that he needs to calm down a bit, but I like a 6 with mongrel and I think that it is easier to dial it down then it is to crank it up.

    • Reds Revival

      The one I don’t get is Hanigan over Dempsey and Naisarani. Ned has had a much better year in 2020, but I would still have both of those guys ahead of him.

      • Timbo

        He covers 4, 5 and 6. It’s as if the dirt he had on Cheika extents to Rennie… or maybe he’s a better player than the pundits think

        • idiot savant

          Its the line out. Its his one test level skill. So Rennies saying the line out is vital. I think of Ned as Simmo lite.

        • Timbo

          Surely Simmo is Hanigan heavy?

      • UTG

        Hanigan is billeted as a lock/loosie, I can understand him in the squad because of his form and flexibility. Swinton is directly keeping out one of Naisarani and Dempsey which I think is just plain wrong.

      • Howard

        Ned chosen because he can play lock. Agree the other 2 were unlcky

    • idiot savant

      Yeah leaving Isi out is a bold statement. Its not really defensible on form is it? Have Samu and Wilson been better this season? Its a close run thing. Perhaps its about the way they play. Samu and Wilson run at holes, Isi runs at people. Thats what props are for.

      • UTG

        He’s not perfect and I can see some of his issues keeping him out of the starting side or even 23 but not the squad. A number of games this season he carried the Rebels. His bust last night off the line dropout should have been enough to level the scores had Meakes executed the pass to Koroibete.

        • idiot savant

          Yeah I think Isi should be in the squad as well. Im happy to see Swinton though. I think if they get his tackling technique right, he is going to be a dead set weapon.

      • David Creagh

        different games. Isi is a runner and ball carrier, probably better than Wilson and Samu in that regard but they bring other skills to the table like the ability to offload in contact, pilfer and distribute.

      • I think it depends on what you’re looking for. Honestly, I don’t mind those two making it ahead of Nasirani if you’re only picking two specialist 8’s. I know there will be fans of Isi’s who will scream about that, but if you’re picking two, I think it’s a close run thing between those three and you can’t really argue the others are terrible choices that don’t deserve a look. You can argue you’d prefer Isi over one or the other of course, but which one do you drop?

        It’s excluding him against some of the others that I question. I can wince and see the point of picking Ned for bench cover – I think he’s played a lot better this season too, although I’m still not sure he’s really of the quality to cover those positions off the bench given his history. Swinton I’m less sure about? I guess he could be in the “apprentice” role but do you do that this year? How many 9’s and 10’s does the squad need?

        • Tim

          Isi should be in the squad. I do agree he probs is the third string 8. But he could shift to 6 as he has the size and shape. Swinton i like but he isn’t a wallaby player just yet.

        • Absolutely no problem with that choice.

          I guess it depends on why Rennie has picked him. If he’s there in that apprentice role, to pick up tips about how to train at Wallabies level, I don’t have a problem with his inclusion, but I’d have handled the squad announcement differently.

        • Fart

          Unfortunately, ISI is one dimensional and does not look to promote the players around him. While you cannot ever deny his to do the hard hit ups and tackles, you always get the impression ISI is playing for himself, not the team

        • Who?

          I think Ned’s there as a 4/6. Because we’ve got 5 locks selected, including Ned. Ned, the eternally maligned Simmons, Hosea, Philip and LSL. Those last 3 have 24 caps between them – none to Hosea, 3 to Philip (years ago), and 21 to LSL mostly at 6. Without Simmons there, who runs the lineout? Who’s got good experience with that? Hanigan is good there, so I see his selection from that point of view.

          I have no issue with asking more of Naisarani. He works for a one dimensional power running game. Under Rennie, he’s going to need – thankfully – to broaden his skill set.

        • I understand why he’s there. I even agree his form in SR has been good this year. However, when he was first picked his form was good, and he never produced at test level.

          I hope he’s more mature and plays better this time around. I’m just concerned he’s one of those players who look good at one level but don’t have what it takes to thrive at the next level up. History suggests that certainly could be the case.

        • Who?

          I also wonder if game plan might also be impacting for him. He’s definitely been better suited to some of Gibson’s game plans in past years than Cheika’s. Maybe Rennie’s game plans will better utilise him, rather than asking him to be the enforcer?

          He may just be a Super level player, not a Test player, but that lack of locking experience… Scary stuff. Very disappointing to have lost Arnold last year, which made the loss of Rodda even greater.

        • That may be true as well. Although part of his problem before was he seemed light for the role he was being asked to play. In the ‘Tahs lightweight pack that wasn’t necessarily so much of an issue. I’m not sure how accurate these weights are, but Wikipedia puts Ned 1cm shorter but 5kg lighter than Maro Itoje, who is meant to play the same role. I’m surprised it’s only 5kg to be honest, Maro looks muscular, Ned doesn’t look as gangly as 4 years ago, but he still looks more ectomorphic than you expect from a rugby player. There’s definitely an impression that if they meet each other in a tackle, Ned is going backwards. That might be unfair, but that’s the impression looking at them gives.

          However, you’re right about the paucity of good locks. Interesting times…

    • David Creagh

      I like Swinton’s mongrel. Reminds me of Melon. Need a bit of grit in the pack.

      • UTG

        Yep, can’t deny he brings a bit of mad dog to the pack, I just think he’s still a bit raw at this stage.

        • Mica

          Agree, but it’s the squad not the team. I’m sure Rennie has told him what he expects with keeping agression at the right level to be positive to the team.

      • Huw Tindall

        If they want mongrel at 6 Rennie will be looking up S McMahon’s number in the RA phone book.

    • Huw Tindall

      Yeah it got me too. Apparently Rennie has a thing for super fit and skilled players. Being a one trick pony isn’t enough for him. Forwards need to be able to link and pass, backs need to be able to hit a ruck, and so on. Compare Naisarani to Samu and you see the type of player Rennie likes. Personally though I think Isi is so good at getting over the gain line that I’d have him in the squad. Forward running is something we’ve lacked in recent years so feel we could do with that.

      • Steve

        I guess there’s an argument for that to be your 1-6 job, and then 7 and 8 are your linkers, so I can kind of see the exclusion, although it hurts when someone has carried their team for much of the season

        • Huw Tindall

          Isi is still only 25 years old according to so plenty of time to work his way back into the squad. Hopefully goes back to Shute Shield (I assume?) and carves. Still enough time in the season to impress the selectors. An NRC would have been another great opportunity to showcase development but hey ho.

      • Who?

        Our loose forward balance is going to be COMPLETELY different this year. No Pocock. No Pooper. We don’t have to fit that power game solely at 6 or 8. We could play Hooper/Wright/Wilson. We could play Hooper/Swinton/Samu. Both combinations have impact at the breakdown (not a like replacement for BamBam, but he was something irreplaceable in that regard, and the game plan can be adapted), and both running and skill in attack.

        • Hoppy

          Why not McReight, Wright, Wilson or McReight, Wright, Samu?
          On overall form you wouldn’t start with Hooper and definitely not Swinton.

        • Who?

          Wright at 6, so you’re picking McReight over Hooper. I can definitely see that happening down the track, but maybe not this year? McReight’s still very young (Wright’s still very young!), Hooper’s form rating hasn’t been universally panned (Simmons and Hanigan weren’t being praised, but they’ve been picked – Rennie’s got his own KPI’s), and, obviously he’s on megabucks.

          Not starting Swinton, sure. But my point was that the balance of a Hooper/Swinton/Samu back row looks very different to Pocock/Hooper/Naisarani. There’s physical impact, but there’s not the same amount of compartmentalisation of roles that there is with the Cheika-era back row. You knew that Pocock would tackle, hit every possible ruck in defence, support attacking rucks and play a linking role in attack (i.e. he passed, he wasn’t a ball carrier). Isi would run the ball hard. Hooper would scramble the width and tackle his guts out.
          With Swinton/Hooper/Samu, you’d end up with a ‘hard’ player (Swinton), who’d run but also hit breakdowns and tackle. And he links better than Isi. Then you’ve got Hooper bringing much of what he already did, but with more responsibility to pilfer and link. And Samu’s developed in that Brumbies team, showing what he learned in Christchurch.

          It’s all speculation, but we’ve got a new coach, we’ve got new players. Time for the benefit of the doubt – and isn’t it exciting to have the unknown back?! :-)

    • MST

      Naisarani at the Force, the Brumbies and at Rebels has threatened to…….to……

      • UTG

        I thought he was pretty good in gold last year…

    • Tim

      fuming that isn’t didn’t make it Isi. Literally one of the best forwards for the rebels each week. Even last night he was a stand out player for the rebels. We can understand now why players like him sign over sea’s. Put yourself in his shoes and Swinton makes the team. I can understand we have talent in the back-row but swinton isn’t as good as Isi.

      • Mica

        If he goes OS cause of 1 setback then he doesn’t have the right attitude to be a test player. Use it as motivation. I’m sure Rennie will give him feedback. Work hard on this and make it so that they have to pick you. He certainly has the capability!!

  • Timbo

    Are the Force not eligible?

    • A fair number of them, just no. They have qualified for, or have caps for, other countries. Some that you might argue deserve a look on merit are just too old for Rennie’s plans I think. At one point you could have argued Lance was the best 10 we had, and justify it on performances too, but I don’t think you could really pick him for a test career, not even for a year, at this point in his career?

      There might be a case for a couple of their players still, but it’s pretty tough to make I think.

    • Huw Tindall

      They had 3 guys in a training squad this week but guess didn’t make the cut. Where they had some strength e.g. backrow with Stander etc so too did the other sides but even more so. Would have been in the conversation though. Expect more from them next year both in regular season and Wallabies honours.

  • idiot savant

    So assuming everyone is fit my first opposed training run has these two sides playing each other:
    A side: Slipper, Uelese, Tupou, Phillip, LSL, Swinton, Hooper, Samu, White JOC, Korobete, Toomua, Petaia, Daugunu, DHP.
    B side: Sio, Fainga, AAA, Hanigan, Simmons, Valentini, Wright, Wilson, Gordon, Harrison, Wright, Simone, Pasami, Ramm, Banks.
    The rest of the squad should be development players which it mostly is.

    On a related note it was smart of RA to schedule finals games in AU. The heightened stakes makes for sterner test of ability under pressure and a better guide to test match potential. I have 2 question marks from last night – McDermott and Wilson. Tate played one of his least effective games under pressure and Wilson was nothing more than solid. No doubt they will both get better but I thought the match didn’t do their gold jersey hopes any favours. I guess they have another week to change that impression.

    • Brumby Runner

      IS that second row for the B side hasn’t even been effective for the Tahs in SRAu.

      Development player or not Hosea has more skill and aggression than the other two put together. In any case, I would expect at least one current overseas player to fill a spot in one or other of the sides, so unlikely we will see Hanigan and Simmons together imo.

      • idiot savant

        Agree about Hosea’s ability. Just not sure he’s played enough rugby yet. He will benefit form the squad but probably better to wait till next year to run him out in gold. And I think you’re right about overseas players. I was only going on the names available. The Tahs line out btw was the best in the comp.

        • Brumby Runner

          Tahs lineout was as inconsistent as others at times. The last game against the Brumbies saw Neville absolutely dominate the lineout.

      • Huw Tindall

        I think those OS players are not going to be available until TRC as the first two Bled games aren’t in the World Rugby Regulation 9 Test window so will have to make do until then. Can’t pull Arnold out of Top 14 or Skelton out of Premiership outside of the Reg 9 window.

    • Howard

      Swinton? He’s lucky to be in the 44 let alone starting

    • Alister Smith

      agree re: Wilson and that makes the non-selection of Isi a little hard to understand.

  • onlinesideline

    For mine, the selections / ommissions spell SPEED. I think the side will be blistering fast, fit and lethal on the counter attack. We will have bulk where and when we need it but thats it. Sean Macmahon would gel well with Rennies style I reckon.

    This Jordan Ulyeseessee bloke has some bad luck doesnt he.

    • Jason

      He’s always injured, but always crazy hyped. I would have rathered Ready who has proven himself in SRAU. But we probably will bring him in.

      • UTG

        Is Ready off the sauce yet?

        • Hoss

          No mate, still drowning 15 pies a day in it by the looks.

        • idiot savant

          Hes gotta wait until he wakes up in the middle of an intersection at 3 in the morning before he’ll get selected.

        • Jason

          Don’t really care — he’s keeping out of trouble, and playing bloody good footy, really that’s all that counts.

        • UTG

          Yeah fair, I know people ask similar questions about Latu so only checking.

          FWIW, if Ready and the Reds had sorted things out a few years ago I reckon he’d probably be starting hooker by now.

        • Jason

          I think the difference is Latu hasn’t been playing of late, and isn’t playing in Australia. Say Latu was playing for the Force (or Waratahs or whoever) and had similar form to Ready then I’d be calling for him.

        • UTG

          Oh, I meant people kept questioning his drinking habits after the incident even when he, like Ready, had appeared to clean up his act.

          I don’t really have a problem with either of them. I question Ready’s fitness a bit, he doesn’t look too trim but I’d probably have him in the squad over Horton and BPA. I just don’t think either of those two have the power for test level.

        • Jason

          I think to me there is a big difference between what Latu did and Ready. Ready went out drinking instead of going to (an optional?) training session(with another player and the team were very shit) and the season was winding down. Given the context he chucked a sickie and went to the pub when work was quite. I think put that way most of us go — yeah fucking dumb thing to do, but not sack him on the spot I don’t think.

          While Latu in addition to ALL his on field disciple issues (he was the most carded & penalised player in the comp by a long way). He got very drunk, drove (just drink driving is bad enough to justify sacking or very stiff penalties for someone in the public eye like he is), then was SO drunk while driving home he passed out behind the wheel of his car and it rolled into the middle of the intersection. Now that’s not just go to the pub with some mates drunk he drank so much that he passed out while trying to drive home! He was way way over the limit (from memory like twice the high range drink driving limit) when breathalysed a few hours after the incident!

          Personally I think just drink driving is bad, bad enough to justify him being overlooked for the Wallabies squad IMO, and I think there was a compelling argument against him given his tendency to attract penalties & cards. But Cheika had already loved the guy and he’s the sort of coach that is never going to not pick the players he likes regardless of the circumstances.

          Latu then performed pretty well at RWC — perhaps because he didn’t really have any freedom at the RWC maybe ISO Latu is what we need. But I think in his case he’s just such a risk and we only get two overseas players, we’ve gotta take two locks, because we’ve already got a very Latu like player playing locally in Ready.

          I actually think they are fairly similar players on the park.

    • Huw Tindall

      Talking of Hookers I’d be getting Latu back from overseas under the Arnold Amendment. None of the Hookers have stood out so easy pick. Still, the first two tests are outside the Regulation 9 test window so they can’t pull the players out of Premiership/Top 14 until TRC games roll around. Will have to make do with what we’ve got on local soil for now.

    • The Jackal

      A nice change with Hooper being our second fastest player we took to the RWC behind Koroibete.

  • Jason

    Am I the only one going Who the fuck is Len Ikitau?!

    • Geoffro

      TK’s replacement. At the Brumbies and now seems like at the WBs

      • Jason

        I have seen him a few times. But nothing that came close to justifying a Wallabies call up. Surely Stewart has been better over the season? It’s a curious selection at best.

        • Steve

          Surprising no doubt, though I can definitely see what Rennie is getting at. He obviously has huge potential but generally you want to see players lock down a Super spot before taking the next step. I’d definitely be picking him in front of TK at the Brumbies on current form, but TK is a class player who will bounce back.

          Independent of that decision, Stewart has rarely struck me as much more than workmanlike in an exciting backline, but perhaps I just haven’t been looking closely enough.

        • Jason

          I think Stewart has been the rock of that Reds defence, it looks like he’s doing a lot of the defensive organisation. He reminds me a lot of TK in that he’s almost a defensive specialist. He’s got good hands and can put blokes in holes. Since he’s been playing 12 (he use to play 10) he’s gained a nice running game to go with his very good kicking game.
          He’s probably on par with Simone but obviously a different player.

          I’m a bit surprised to not see him in the big squad he’s been in and around the Wallabies squad a few times now, and has been looking very comfortable at Super Rugby but he’s very workman like so probably doesn’t get noticed nor force selection.

        • Mica

          I would say he is more solid than Simone, but not as flashy.
          On current form of course.

        • Jason

          Oh yeah Simone and Stewart are like the Yin and Yan of Aussie 12’s. Simone is about as good in defence as Stewart is in attack. While Stewart is probably as good in defence as Simone. I’m obviously biased, but I’d personally say Stewart is better suited to test rugby due to defences being much more important than attack, and Stewart’s superior kicking game. But they are pretty bloody close.

    • Huw Tindall

      No! First time saw him last week in Brums game. Came on as reserve and made some massive hits and some good runs. The name was vaguely familiar but I can’t recall him being anywhere near the Brums team sheet the last couple of seasons.

    • Steve

      No, although tbf he has looked comprehensively better than TK at the Brums this year.

      Don’t expect him to see the pitch this year but he’s young and very talented. Suspect he must have been very shocked to get the call!

  • UTG

    Also, why do we have 8 halves and 4 hookers but are only carrying 7 backrowers. Confused by the numbers here. Must be for possibles vs probables match.

  • Adrian

    Not for me to knock the coach, as he obviously has some sort of plan.

    I’m guessing he wants his #6’s to be hard running and abrasive. He wants his #8’s to be all-rounders in attack and defence with a step etc.

    I think Naisarini missed out because he is maybe too big for what Rennie wants in a #6, and too direct for what he wants in his #8. Dempsey almost the opposite. Too small for an 8, not abrasive enough for #6.

    I must say, that I can’t fault the selections much, and see Hannigan as a sort of bench cover. I see Simmons as a mentor or something. Ainslie, .. I’m not sure.

    Possibly Jock Campbell will come in for DHP??

    I am glad Powell is there, because he is the most immediate passer of all the #9’s. McDermott is unfortunately the worst passer,….but best runner and defender.

    I like the jist of the team though, and like the emphasis on age, skills and class

    • Huw Tindall

      It’s a bloody big squad given the bubble required. Would have been more interesting if it was a traditional c.30 man squad. Really see who Rennie is looking at then. Agree on you assessments. Tough on Isi but from reading the articles about Rennie he loves a super fit and skillful squad. One trick ponies aren’t enough. Isi is great at gain line and a strong work ethic but doesn’t have skills like Samu or Wilson. Tough call but that’s why he’s the national coach!

      • Who?

        I’ve never felt like Isi really contributed at the breakdown… Definitely felt like a one trick pony. Hopefully it’s good motivation for him to look at expanding his game – not being the one dimensional player that we’ve previously thought was acceptable (given we had a fixation on power ball carrying).

  • laurence king

    Just in the process of watching last nights game. Most impressed by Orr. A prop who can give it back to Taniela is some srummager. He would have been a handy selection. I’m sure Rennie has got his eye on him though.

  • laurence king

    Noticed Petaia, copped a couple of big head bangs against the ground, first when tackled by Hodge and later just before he went off. The young man doesn’t hold back, no self-preservation, no wonder he got concussion. If it had happened to me, someone would have been having my brains on toast. The lad’s not frail, just thinks he’s superman I think.

    • Mica

      Yep I have this impression too and hope he manages himself to minimise future injuries!

  • Hannes En Brianda Barnard

    Don’t you think there are too many Force players? I will support the Boks again this year, maybe next year

    • laurence king

      I think that a few of them came close to selection and were certainly considered. However the reality is that they did not win any games and at this stage were not quite up to the standard, close though they were. I think that they were every other fan’s 2nd team. Non selection imo is certainly no reason to support the Boks. As a Wallaby supporter, I don’t care which state supplies the players, once they don that uniform, they are just Australians. Cheers

      • Hannes En Brianda Barnard

        I get your logic, however the Wallabies still doesn’t feel like our team. We are not really part of RA and clearly not part of the Wallabies not even the next 23. I have been supporting the Boks since the Force been axed not enough happened to change that.

        • RugbyReg

          what Force players deserved to be picked?

        • IIPA

          Lee Warner probably one I might have put in ahead of say Hanigan or Swinton.

          Ralston tapered off a bit but that was probably as much to do with him not seeing sufficient quality ball in the last few games as the Force themselves tapered off ( notwithstanding almost beating the Rebs on the bell ).

          Maybe Godwin.

        • I’d add Stowers to that.
          Bit harder to shine in a losing side though.

        • IIPA

          Pretty sure he’s capped for Samoa but yeah he had a good season

        • Sure is
          u20 NZ and u20 Samoa too

        • Hannes En Brianda Barnard

          I think Godwin and Lee-Warner should have made the 46, however agree that the Force players were not stand-outs and none of them should make the match 23. However the deja vu feeling that WA is not part of the Australian rugby community and that Force players will not be seriously considered for Wallaby selection were reinforced. A fit Reedy would also be in the run, but I would not pick him on current form.

  • Alister Smith

    So, if I have this correct, we still possibly have two to add to this squad – so maybe the Giteau plus extras could fill those two spots. I don’t know who they will be?

    I am happy enough with it overall but, as others have said, it isn’t real clear who will actually be in a match day 23 when you are selecting a squad of 44-46 – you have a pair of everything just like Noah. Anyway – I do feel a little sorry for Naisarani and Kuridrani. Kuridrani had the dropsies in his last game but he takes some containing and Isi has been going pretty well in the games that I have watched – though not his best game last weekend perhaps with some handling errors.

    Still, it does depend on the game he is going to formulate around those selections so let’s wait and see.

  • Neil Pocock

    Lee Warner hard done by considering the season so far.
    That squad just needs Quade and Kerevi in and I’d be happy. Without Quades experience for the next generation of playmakers…..and Kerevis undeniable danger…..this team looks a tad disconnected.

    • Inflated Man

      Oh dear god, not Cooper again.
      This squad is reasonably fresh, they last thing they need is an air of defeat that Quade Cooper brings.

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