3N Squad announced: Sanchez not so dirty

Matt Rowley July 2, 2009 12

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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


  • Noddy

    Nice table!

  • Henry

    Probably a good option bringing in another loose forward, as the non-use of Tuqiri suggested Deans wasn’t interested in another outside back. A pity for Cummings/Shep etc though.

    • http://www.greenandgoldrugby.com/ Gagger

      Is Cam Shepherd fit again?

      • Bobas

        i dont think it matters, tahu isn’t fit and neither is elsom.

  • Cameron

    Mowen must have been close.

  • Juan Cote

    If Lote wasn’t rissoled he would have presumably made the squad based on what Deans said today. Does that mean the only reason Tahu made is by default?

    JO’N could save himself another $500K right there with a well placed ‘employment matter’.

    I hope Burgo doesn’t get injured as Sanchez will be seriously under-done come the first game of the Tri-Nations.

    Great to see him there however.

  • Patrick

    I knew Pek Cowan would be there, I think Deans/Williams have picked him out for the future.

    I am though slightly suprised that TimTam is still there. Deans must think he has more talent than Smith (if less actual skills) and back himself to make a man out of him. Good luck I guess!

  • Bobas

    Tahu and Hodgeson are the biggest hipocritical selections… Goes against everything Deans has ever said.

    Hoiles and Tirinui are overlooked for those two despite being younger, bigger and have more experience.

    • http://www.greenandgoldrugby.com/ Gagger

      I reckon Hodgson was ahead of Hoiles on form this year.

      Morgs? Are you serious?

      • Bobas

        I didn’t say i’d pick them i was just saying they are younger, bigger and have more experience.

        • Bobas

          Deans said he wouldn’t pick hoiled cos he’s too small, and then he picks hodgeson?

          and Tahu played under par all year in super14 and got picked.

        • Ishmael

          Tahu didn’t play under par all year. As soon as he got consistent starts he was the Tahs most dangerous back. PLayed brilliantly in SA.

          I can’t believe Cooper’s still there. It can only be because Beale’s still injured, surely.