Club players, Force players and Slipper feature in Super Selection XV - Green and Gold Rugby

Club players, Force players and Slipper feature in Super Selection XV

Club players, Force players and Slipper feature in Super Selection XV

As reported last week, a Wallaby trial will take place this Friday night in Sydney in preparation for the Bledisloe Cup.

The team they will play against has been named and it is an intriguing mix of Super Rugby players, Western Force players, club players and exiles.

  1. James Slipper (Bond University/Queensland Reds)
  2. Anaru Rangi (Endeavour Hills/Melbourne Rebels)
  3. Sam Talakai (Box Hill/Melbourne Rebels)
  4. Blake Enever (Easts/Brumbies)
  5. Matt Philip (Endeavour Hills/Melbourne Rebels)
  6. Angus Cottrell (Power House/Melbourne Rebels)
  7. Richard Hardwick (Harlequins/Melbourne Rebels)
  8. Pat Sio (Eastwood)
  9. Moses Sorovi (Wests/Queensland Reds)
  10. Andrew Deegan (Wanneroo/Western Force)
  11. Filipo Daugunu (Wests/Queensland Reds)
  12. Duncan Paia’aua (Norths/Queensland Reds)
  13. Tom English – captain (Melbourne Unicorns/Melbourne Rebels)
  14. Pama Fou (Eastwood)
  15. Semisi Tupou (Box Hill/Melbourne Rebels)


  1. Hugh Roach (Eastwood/NSW Waratahs)
  2. Fereti Sa’aga (Melbourne University/Melbourne Rebels)
  3. Mees Erasmus (Easts/Brumbies)
  4. Angus Blyth (Bond University/Queensland Reds)
  5. Tevin Ferris (Nedlands/Western Force)
  6. Mick Snowden (Eastwood)
  7. Sam Lane (Manly)
  8. Fabian Goodall (Eastwood)

James Slipper’s name is perhaps the biggest surprise as the former Wallaby makes his return to top-class rugby (ish) following his cocaine suspension. It now leaves the ball firmly in Brad Thorn’s court as to what happens at Super Rugby level, while NRC selection is also likely.  Quade Cooper was not considered due to club duties, however Karmichael Hunt’s name is noticeably absent.

Coaches John Manenti and Tim Walsh have also brought in representatives from the Western Force including Andrew Deegan, who will start at flyhalf, and Tevin Ferris who starts from the bench.

Manenti’s input is evidence with the strong Eastwood representation with Pat Sio surely having a Super Rugby trial as the Waratahs in particular look for more impact from their pack. Former Aussie 7s star Pama Fou will play on the wing and one could imagine Aussie Men’s 7’s coach, Walsh, having a word to him about a potential return to the shortened game.

Cheika will name his side later this week.

The match will take place at Leichardt Oval next Friday (3 August) night from 6:45pm.  The match will be free of charge and will also be live streamed at


  • Braveheart81

    Eastwood have the Penrith bye in the Shute Shield this weekend so it makes sense that the Shute Shield players have been drawn from there.

  • Nicholas Wasiliev

    Interesting squad selection, and good points Reg.
    It’s good to see Slipper return for some game time. Reckon him having some time on the paddock will do him a world of good.
    Was thinking there’d be a few more Force players too. They’ve shown they’ve got some chops with WSR.
    But still, should be an interesting clash…

  • Missing Link

    Pama Fou has come out of left field. Didn’t he sign with the Rebels at the start of 2017 after leaving 7’s but has never played a game. I know he did an ACL and was recovering but you’d think he would have had a run at some stage prior to this game.

    • Braveheart81

      He’s been playing 13 for Eastwood.

      • juswal

        I didn’t know that. I haven’t seen Eastwood on TV this year.

        I hope he shows what he can do in this match.

  • RugbyM

    Is English’s club team serious called the Unicorns?!

    • Mica

      Missed that, but you’re right – hilarious…. :)
      Maybe someday they’ll vs the Luck Dragons (Sounds like a Top League side doesn’t it?)

      • RugbyM

        Insert joke about rhinos (read: props) with dreams…

    • Kevino

      It is, they are the most hated club in Melbourne. Also known to have a Horse with a toilet roll on it’s head attend games in the past.

      They did win the minor Premiership this season.

    • disqus_NMX

      Quite a contrast to the imaginative naming of a lot of the Qld club teams… Souths, Easts, Norths, Wests. They might not be able to spell “beer”, but at least they can read a compass.

  • Gallagher

    “Quade Cooper was not considered due to club duties” – Really? Was someone quoted as saying he would have been considered if he wasn’t playing in the Souths semi Final?

    • Bobas

      “Quade Cooper couldn’t have played even if Alan Jones picked the side due to club duties”

      • Gallagher

        I think your being funny Bobas, but not sure…?

    • RugbyReg

      No club players in finals were considered.

  • Gipetto

    Paia’aua and Daugunu will smash it.

  • OnTheBurst

    Wow… a shitload of Melbourne forwards.

    Really looking forward to this… And the excuse to attend Leichhardt Oval to watch some real rugby!

  • Adrian

    Quite a good team.

    Interesting re Slipper.

    A few ways of looking at it, but what I actually think is:
    1. Would have been some private backroom discussions, not necessarily involving BT
    2. Cheika wanted him to add quality to game, and also as a potential back-up for WC.
    3. Cheika not as black and white as BT, and lives in a more varied environment than BT
    4. Castle looking for a circuit breaker in Qld, where hundreds of thousands of dollars are getting no return to RA,… though Souths probably happy
    5. There might be movement on other fronts, little bit by little bit

    The other scenario is that Slipper looks good in a sports coat (and he does) and the chaps are just helping out another chap.

    Time will tell

    • John Tynan

      Tip of the hat Adrian!! Gold.

      “… looks good in a sports coat (and he does) and the chaps are just helping out another chap….”

  • Ian Rodger

    Interesting selections. Looking forward to what Deegan can do against the wallabies, from what i have seen of him at the force he could be a good addition to an aussie super rugby team looking for a 10. Also keen to see what Hardwick can do, he was awesome at the force last season but haven’t seen a whole lot of him this year.

    Hopefully Slipper can make a good impression and make his way back in to the Reds squad, if BT is inclined to give him a second chance.

  • Jack

    Really pleased to see the Force have a player selected for this. Looking forward to seeing him play and see what he can do at this level


    Well then.. ….”Super rugby XV” seems a very weird name to start using all of a sudden if it’s such a diverse team.
    Love seeing Pama Fous name back in circulation… …awesome player.
    Also wonder if Quade really was offered the spot……or is someone just poking the bear.


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