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Cheika pick six uncapped for Rugby Championship squad


Wallaby coach Michael Cheika has showed his hand for the up coming Rugby Championship in naming six uncapped players in his 36-man squad.

The Aussies will open their championship on 18 August against the All Blacks in Sydney

Brumbies hooker Folau Fainga’a and Rebels prop Jermaine Ainsley are the new forwards in the group, while Jack Maddocks, Billy Meakes (both Rebels), Tom Banks (Brumbies) and Jordan Petaia (Reds) are the new additions among the backs.

Meanwhile, Leicester Tigers duo Matt Toomua and Tatafu Polota-Nau have been recalled to the squad after missing the mid-year Test series against Ireland.

Wallabies squad — Jermaine Ainsley, Allan Alaalatoa, Rory Arnold, Adam Coleman, Folau Faingaa, Ned Hanigan, Michael Hooper (c), Sekope Kepu, Tolu Latu, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, David Pocock, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Tom Robertson, Izack Rodda, Pete Samu, Rob Simmons, Scott Sio, Caleb Timu, Lukhan Tui, Taniela Tupou, Tom Banks, Kurtley Beale, Israel Folau, Bernard Foley, Will Genia, Dane Haylett-Petty, Reece Hodge, Marika Koroibete, Jack Maddocks, Billy Meakes, Sefa Naivalu, Jordan Petaia, Nick Phipps, Joe Powell, Curtis Rona, Matt Toomua.

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  1. Was interesting just how sharp Will Genia is still. Good call to have a trial game before the first Bledisloe too. Boks should do the same… string together a team consisting of mostly NRC players and young Super players, perhaps mostly black and like this Wallabies game broadcast it for free with free entry to the game.

  2. Player to watch is going to be the freakish 18 year old Jordan Petaia this TRC. Aussie always seem to have unlimited big winger resources.

  3. @bryce_in_oz:

    Thanks for the heads up, I haven’t realy watched much Reds rugby this year, so will keep a lookout for him in the championship.

    His physical stats are impressive, that is a big 18 year old.

  4. @Craven:

    Think he is to become the third youngest Wallaby.

    Cheika has been sneakily building quite a young squad of depth, thanks in part to how competitive the National Rugby Championship has become over the last few seasons. Was a good call not to go into yet another Bledisloe cold, with the decision for a ‘trial’ game against some NRC (and a few SR) up-n-comers. Broad-casted free with free entry. Perhaps something SARU should look into if they really do want to ‘grow’ the game.

    Take one look at their hookers with the incumbent machines Brandon Paenga-Amosa and Tolu Latu, with Tatafu and the young buck Folau-Faingaa thrown in for good measure. Arguably never been that depth in this position.

    They’re always going to have class locks and loose-forwards. They have that in the Arnold bros, Coleman, Simmons and the two exciting youngsters Rodda and Tui. Well Hooper is the player many wished Kwagga would be (but isn’t) only Kriel is his equivalent, as much as I cannot stand the twat Pocock just walked back into SR in-form, Ned Hanigan is a ‘true’ blind-sider and nothing much more needs to be said about the Crusader’s Pete Samu and the powerful Caeb Timu pushing for a place.

    Again due to the NRC, there has suddenly been a resurgence in quality, young props particularly at TH. ‘Thor’ Taniela, Jermaine Ainsley are exciting back-up for Kepu and the behemoth Alaalatoa.

    Other than being an extremely in-experienced side and losing Kerevi and Kuridrani… plenty of back-up all across the paddock. That said the Boks best not lose their home game and should be targeting an away win against a team that has just been battered by the Kiwi’s…

  5. You might have seen that scary footage of a fatty-boom-boom Islander school boy around 5 years ago, flattening everyone in his path with jet-heels.

    Well this is him at 21 after a great season, particularly against the Canes…

    Taniela ‘Thor’ Tupou… who has really come along under Brad Thorne the past two seasons.

  6. @DJ:

    Hah no thanks mate… those Sudanese/Somali’s were not made for rugby, too skinny… besides they’ve had enough money thrown at them with endless failed basketball and AFL clinics and bursaries the past decade. This second generation (in Socialist Victoria) clearly prefer high-jackings, home invasions, armed robbery and drug dealing.

  7. @bryce_in_oz:

    Some great stuff there, thanks Bryce. I’m glad to read that Australian rugby seems to have a plan to emerge from the doldrums they frequented the past few years. We really need all the major teams in top form come next year’s world cup. If it could be a surprise package like the soccer world cup was this year, it will be great for rugby.

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