3N Squad announced: Sanchez not so dirty

3N Squad announced: Sanchez not so dirty
Deans tries a sanchez

Deans tries a sanchez

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

Ben Alexander Prop Brumbies 24 7
Adam Ashley-Cooper Fullback-Wing Brumbies 25 26
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
Rocky Elsom Flanker Brumbies 26 40
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
Peter Kimlin Lock Brumbies 23 1
Drew Mitchell Wing/Fullback Western Force 25 31
Stephen Moore Hooker Brumbies 26 35
Stirling Mortlock Centre Brumbies 31 78
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
George Smith Flanker Brumbies 28 99
Timana Tahu Centre NSW Waratahs 28 4
Lachie Turner Wing/Fullback NSW Waratahs 22 5
Phil Waugh Flanker NSW Waratahs 29 79

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