Allen Oxlade (6)
I would see him taking a 32nd man as a winger at least to the USA for the eventuality of Horne not being fit in time. Are there rules about having a bigger training squad at a RWC?
But did Horne cement his spot with his first start? I'd say Tomane was the better performer - but he is also the most limited player. Speight and Horne are much better defenders.
It's another tricky one in my opinion. Horne could cover 12,13,14 from the bench which might get him the nod - plus his super xv form he was clearly the favourite. But then I doubt he has the pace to score the try Tomane scored.
Speight is by far the most rounded, just as good defender as Horne (if not better) and a better attacker - but also the poorest performer out of the 3 at Test level.
I also wouldn't be surprised if Cheika only took one, since Mitchells kicking ability would probably make him first choice anyway.
There would be no logic in taking 40 players to Chicago.
Why have 9 players who can't go on to the RWC, even for training.
Maybe he still wants to test a few players before finalising.
Is he allowed to change the squad again after USA? Or is today the official deadline?