The Wallabies squad to take out the 2009 Tri-Nations was announced today. It’s largely the same as the existing squad with just a few changes.
In case you live under a rock (or just outside of Australia) the previously highest paid man in Australian rugby – Lote Tuqiri – is out having been arsed by the ARU just yesterday. Rather than draft in another outside back, Deans has beefed up the ranks of the back row, slotting the much awaited Rocky Elsom (still with dodgy knee) and Wycliff Palu (fully fit) back into the squad.
This gives Deans 9 back-rowers to choose from. As Dingo enjoyed 3 opensides on at once, fuck it, why not just have the pack made out of back rowers and put George Smith at 9 like Marto fantasises about?
The other big change is the arseholing of Josh Valentine for SANCHEZ Will Genia. As Juan Cote pointed out in an earlier post, this has been on the cards for a while, with Valentine getting only 10 minutes game time through the warm up test period. Along with Pek Cowan and Matt Hodgson, this will be another new cap inclusion for the Wallabies, and based on his S14 form, a well deserved one.
Wallabies squad for 2009 Tri-Nations
|NAME||POSITION||SUPER 14 TEAM||AGE||CAPS|
|Berrick Barnes||Inside centre-Flyhalf||Queensland Reds||22||16|
|Al Baxter||Prop||NSW Waratahs||32||66|
|Richard Brown||No 8/Loose Forward||Western Force||24||7|
|Luke Burgess||Halfback||NSW Waratahs||25||14|
|Quade Cooper||Flyhalf||Queensland Reds||21||5|
|Pekahou Cowan||Prop||Western Force||22||1|
|Ryan Cross||Centre||Western Force||29||13|
|Will Genia||Halfback||Queensland Reds||21||Uncapped|
|Matt Giteau||Flyhalf||Western Force||26||67|
|Matt Hodgson||Loose forward||Western Force||27||Uncapped|
|James Horwill||Lock||Queensland Reds||23||13|
|Peter Hynes||Wing||Queensland Reds||26||14|
|Drew Mitchell||Wing/Fullback||Western Force||25||31|
|Dean Mumm||Lock/Loose Forward||NSW Waratahs||25||13|
|James O’Connor||Fullback||Western Force||18||4|
|Wycliff Palu||No 8||NSW Waratahs||26||28|
|David Pocock||Flanker||Western Force||21||5|
|Tatafu Polota-Nau||Hooker||NSW Waratahs||23||12|
|Benn Robinson||Prop||NSW Waratahs||24||20|
|Nathan Sharpe||Lock||Western Force||31||76|
|Timana Tahu||Centre||NSW Waratahs||28||4|
|Lachie Turner||Wing/Fullback||NSW Waratahs||22||5|
|Phil Waugh||Flanker||NSW Waratahs||29||79|