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Wallabies 2021 training camp squad named

Wallabies 2021 training camp squad named

Dave Rennie has announced a 40-man squad for the first get together of the Wallabies in 2021. The get together is aimed more as a planning mission ahead of the expected mid year Test fixtures against France, the 6 Nations runners up.

The squad contains 14 uncapped players with the Brumbies and Reds providing 14 and 12 players respectively with seven from the Melbourne Rebels, four from the Waratahs and three from the Western Force.

The squad is scheduled to gather for the three day camp on the Gold Coast ahead of the Test window.


Allan Alaalatoa (Brumbies)
Tim Anstee (Western Force)
Tom Banks (Brumbies)
Angus Bell (NSW Waratahs)
Filipo Daugunu (Queensland Reds)
Pone Fa’amausili (Melbourne Rebels)
Jake Gordon (NSW Waratahs)
Reece Hodge (Melbourne Rebels)
Trevor Hosea (Melbourne Rebels)
Len Ikitau (Brumbies)
Feleti Kaitu’u (Western Force)
Josh Kemeny (Melbourne Rebels)
Marika Koroibete (Melbourne Rebels)
Noah Lolesio (Brumbies)
Lachlan Lonergan (Brumbies)
Alex Mafi (Queensland Reds)
Tate McDermott (Queensland Reds)
Fraser McReight (Queensland Reds)
Andy Muirhead (Brumbies)
Isi Naisarani (Melbourne Rebels)

Cadeyrn Neville (Brumbies)
James O’Connor (Queensland Reds)
Hunter Paisami (Queensland Reds)
Jordan Petaia (Queensland Reds)
Dave Porecki (NSW Waratahs)
Lukhan Salakaia-Loto (Queensland Reds)
Pete Samu (Brumbies)
Irae Simone (Brumbies)
James Slipper (Brumbies)
Darcy Swain (Brumbies)
Lachie Swinton (NSW Waratahs)
Sitaleki Timani (Western Force)
Matt To’omua (Melbourne Rebels)
Taniela Tupou (Queensland Reds)
Seru Uru (Queensland Reds)
Rob Valetini (Brumbies)
Suliasi Vunivalu (Queensland Reds)
Nic White (Brumbies)
Harry Wilson (Queensland Reds)
Tom Wright (Brumbies)
  • Brisneyland Local

    Well GAGR’s that seems a pretty reasonable 40 man squad. Am glad Uru made the cut. AM also glad Hooper isnt in the squad. Lets see how this pans out.

    • Giles Gibbins

      They are doing their 3 day camp in the next few weeks. Hooper wouldn’t have been able to come over and quarantine and go back.
      McReight is the only open side listed in this squad, which makes one assume that hooper will come back for whatever tests we get this year.

      • Brisneyland Local

        I will be dissapointed if he does. I see the 7’s we have playing in AUS SR this year and they are better 7’s than Hooper. who really isnt a 7. Plus I see JOC as a better captain. He will certainly have a better relationship with the referumps.

        • Huw Tindall

          Rennie all but confirmed Hooper is still in the picture in an interview after the poni list was published saying he is a strong chance for captain again. Just logistics keeping him away from this squad. Other omissions though would be a rocket to some players.

        • Brisneyland Local

          I think that is what he is saying but I dont think that is what is going to happen. Call it a hunch.

      • Mike D

        No Carlos? The only man last weekend to actually have a crack at tackling Tupou going full tilt. He didn’t make the tackle, but he wasn’t actually hospitalised, which I consider a pass, under the circumstances.

    • Mike D

      Yep excited about Uru. Hope they develop him well. I assume Vunivalu is there for the learning experience? Not sure he’s ready for test level this year, or even next year.

      • Brisneyland Local

        Yep will also depend on hwo his hammy pulls up!

  • Giles Gibbins

    Ummm can we talk about the giant FU to all of our existing wallabies hookers…?
    BPA- nope, Fainga’a- nah, Uelese – no
    Geez…. Did not see that coming.

    • My guess, they know what they bring and want to bring more guys in to see what they got.

      • David Creagh

        My guess they have seen the quality of the lineout throw in recent times.

    • David Creagh

      Uelese is an injury prone liability and I am yet to be convinced.

    • Happyman

      BPA signed in France so looking to future.

      Fainga is a surprise

      Uelese I have never been convinced.

    • Tim

      It is a bit strange but the force hooker has been killing it. Anyone notice how Isi last year had one of his best super rugby seasons yet didn’t even make the squad. Yet he hasn’t played a game this year and makes the squad.

    • Rashendra

      Cant agree more , BPA was a no brainer for me.. perhaps probably overlooked as he is heading to France

  • Adrian

    Some interesting changes from last year’s squad.

    Some injured guys picked (Gordon, Swinton) but some not (Wright x2 + DHP).

    No BPA, no Liam Wright, no HJH, no Horton, no Harrison, no Ramm, no Maddocks, no Sio, no Folau Fainga, no Tom Wright, no Uelese, no Powell, no DHP.

    No huge hookers, only big ones!

    I think Hooper and Philip qualify also, without resorting to Giteau

    • Patrick

      Tom Wright is there?

      • Adrian

        Yes he is.
        Wasn’t in first posting by RA.
        I’ll edit my post

  • Adrian

    Interesting that Isi Naisarani is there, after last year

    • IIPA

      Bit ordinary that he is and Lee-Warner isn’t

    • Huw Tindall

      Indeed! And the fact he hasn’t been playing whereas other injured players who have missed games didn’t get a look in e.g. DHP

  • IIPA

    Surely Mack Hansen deserves a look. All those people saying Maddocks is really a 10, I think they mean Mack !

    • Giles Gibbins

      Deserves a look as a winger or as a flyhalf?
      Either way, he’s way down the pecking order.

      • Brumby Runner

        Fullback is his spot and with only Banks in the squad he would have been a good fit.

    • Timbo

      Better than Muirhead IMO.

      • IIPA

        Both are better than Vunivalu

        • Mike D

          Assuming part of the deal to lure Vunivalu across included wallabies’ camp. I think eventually he’ll be very good, possibly even great, but this year he’s still cutting his teeth and shouldn’t be anywhere near the 23.

        • Mica

          Way too much sense for the internet in this post. You’ll need to settle down Mike D…..

  • Keith Butler

    No Tizzano. He’d be in my squad. Stand out for the Tahs imo.

    • Giles Gibbins

      He’s been a standout in the Tahs in part because it’s the Tahs…
      He’s clearly got a huge engine, and has been making a ton of tackles. But without looking at the actual stats, he’s made a few big misses too…
      Good player. Big potential. Not this year.

      • Mica

        Richard Hardwick is having a good season too. Also Jahrome Brown has been damaging. Kane Koteka is not there yet, but has been pretty good for the Force.

  • Giles Gibbins

    Only one player picked that is currently playing fullback: Tom Banks.
    That means other players are being looked at for Fullback, the possibilities being:
    JOC
    Hodge
    Wright
    Or more left field, Petaia

    Also only one Openside in McReight, meaning Hooper is coming back for the test season.

  • Ads

    Penney gone.

  • Hoss

    In breaking news – what a shock…….

    New South Wales Waratahs sack Rob Penney as coach

    • Custardtaht

      Makes sense, the Board and Execs won’t sack themselves.

      • Brisneyland Local

        Never truer words have been said. Other than BL is a drnken obnoxious prick.

    • Timbo

      I find that sacking a coach really helps a floundering team find their spark.

    • Brisneyland Local

      Fantastic NSW RU Administration. I really feel sorry for him.

    • Julian Manieson

      I’m actually heartbroken.
      In and amongst the chaos and average play, the Tahs have shown some real bright sparks this season. They lost their captain in game 1, along with their best inside back and their number 8 (after a well documented player exodus).
      There was really something there, but in a 5 team comp there’s nowhere to hide.

      Ah well.

      Anyone got Rob Taylor’s phone number?

    • Yowie

      Reminds me of the Germans in retreat from Russia during WW2. Hitler firing generals left and right as an excuse for the failings of a fundamentally mismanaged and poorly-resourced invasion.

      Not that I want to make unfair comparisons with horrible villains.
      Some of the Wehrmacht weren’t that bad….

    • laurence king

      Its a disgrace, or more to the point, the board are a disgrace. Seems a bit premeditated in their refusal to shore up the forwards as a means to undermine Penney. Bastards.

      • Hoss

        Unfortunately mate you could see this coming a mile off. I honestly don’t see how the team benefits from having two coaches now, who are two-thirds of the same precious coaching staff ?? Why not stick with Penney till year end, start a ‘global search’ anyway and move at years end.

        Just reinforces the old adage – pertinent to the NSW board now ‘you can’t put brains in statues’

        • Mike D

          Think maybe they did, just stuck ‘em in the wrong end. This is a crap effort by NSW, Penney actually had something there and never got the chance to show it.

        • Brumby Runner

          Would it be feasible to keep the current coach on while also undertaking a search for his replacement? Could be a setup for some pre-emptive retribution.

  • Who?

    Four Tahs… I don’t see how Gordon or Swinton are there. I don’t see why Gordon was selected last year – he was, at best, our fourth best 9. Swinton’s done nothing in a struggling pack. If you’re having 4 Tahs, I’d swap them out for Tizzano and Maddocks, who’ve been amongst the Tahs best every week. Maddocks was arguably the best outside back in the Tahs/Reds game.

    And I don’t know why the Force only have three players. I’m happy to see Anstee and Kaitu’u, but Timani hasn’t sold me yet, and where’s Lee-Warner?! And how do they only have three players when there’s four Tahs?! What about their young prop, Harry Lloyd?

    • Brumby Runner

      I agree with all of your queries/points Who?, but Harry Lloyd is a Brumby, not one of the Force. Harry could well have been there on current form though.

    • Mica

      Agree on Fergus Lee-Warner. A pretty good option at 6 and probably next best behind Valetini in SR AU form wise.

  • Huw Tindall

    Hard to argue with much here. Big up for Neville making his squad debut at 32 years old. He’s a chance a jersey too with his form. Also Porecki well deserved. Has been one bright spot in a very dark Tahs season. Another older bloke who’s learnt his craft. Arguably form hooker.

  • Rashendra

    This is my opinion, no offence to any
    1. We have had injuries to JOC, Matt Tomua , and Jorden P. All been counted as centers or #10
    2. Given these players are injury prone, I really thought Trevita Kurandani should have been included in the 40 man squad.
    3. No doubt we lacked experience in centers when we lost Matt T, JOC for injuries at the same time.
    4. Good to see Issy Naisarani
    5. BPA should have made that list
    6. We have too many tight head props, Taniela, Alan Allan alaalatoa, And Pone Fama.. , would be better atleast one of them make a switch to loose prop head. James Slippers switch was a good example.
    7. For the two international players , Samu Kerevi , Rory Arnold, Adam Coleman ,
    8. We lack good #10s , guys like Quade Cooper (32 ) and Bernard Foley (31) should be still considered based on their form. If we loose JOC and Matt T, there is no way we could win a game

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