FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union – European Champions Cup – Pool 2 – Sale Sharks v Glasgow Warriors – AJ Bell Stadium, Salford, United Kingdom – Jan 18, 2020 Glasgow Warriors head coach Dave Rennie Action Images via Reuters / Molly Darlington
MELBOURNE: Australia’s trainer Dave Rennie has named a trio of wallabies living in France in the castles of Will Skelton and Rory Arnold and the whore Tolu Latu in a 37-man squad with four unopposed players for the Northern Hemisphere tour. </ Arnold and Latu are returning to the Wallabies for the first time since the 2019 World Cup, while Man-Mountain Skelton is forming his first roster since 2016, adding depth and strength to counter the Six Nations packs.
Australia will face Japan in Oita on October 23, before testing against Scotland (November 7), England (November 13) and Wales (November 20) in Great Britain.
Rennie has Long planned to bring the France-based trio back as Australia relaxes an admissions rule that excludes foreign players with fewer than 60 test caps from the selection available.
“We’ll make a decision on how they’ll perform when they get in,” Rennie told reporters on Friday.
Australia is confidently entering the tour after following it in the rugby championship Four straight wins against South Africa and Argentina finished second behind New Zealand.
The explosive Samu Kerevi was included, with Rennie assessing the severity of the midfielder’s ankle injury a us downplayed the second game against Argentina.
But Kerevi and his other Japanese players are half-flying Quade Cooper and striker Sean McMahon is unlikely to lose in the Oita Test due to club commitments.
Among the players without a team entry, Rennie has the Full-back Izaia Perese picked up from New South Wales Waratahs with teammate Lalakai Foketi after recovering from shoulder reconstruction.
Melbourne Rebels prop Pone Fa’amausili and ACT Brumbie’s hooker Connal McInerney are the other couple hoping for a test debut.
After keeping Folau Fainga’a and ditching the other hookers Brandon Paenga-Amosa and Jordan Uelese, Rennie admitted that he hasn’t yet had to agree on his preferred number two.
“Fairly say, ”he said. “Connal has already been in our midst. We like him.
While Rennie rewarded those who played late in the rugby championship, Rennie has sent a number of developing talent back to their super rugby teams, including Flyhalf Noah Lolesio, Hooker Lachlan Lonergan and Loose Strikers Fraser McReight and Harry Wilson.
But a number of established players also missed it, including number eight Isi Naisarani, Lock Lukhan Salakaia-Loto and Prop Scott Sio.
Backs: Quade Cooper, Filipo Daugunu , Lalakai Foketi, Jake Gordon, Reece Hodge, Len Ikitau, Andrew Kellaway, Samu Kerevi, Marika Koroibete, Tate McDermott, James O’Connor, Hunter Paisami, Izaia Perese, Jordan Petaia, Nic White, Tom Wright.
Striker : Allan Alaalatoa, Rory Arnold, Angus Bell, Pone Fa’amausili, Folau Fainga’a, Michael Hooper (Capt), Feleti Kaitu’u, Tolu Latu, Rob Leota, Connal McInerney, Sean McMahon, Matt Philip, Tom Robertson, Izack Rodda, Pete Samu, Will Skelton, James Slipper, Darcy Swain, Lachlan Swinton, Taniela Tupou, Rob Valetini
This service is not intended for people residing in the EU. By clicking “Subscribe” I consent to receive news and promotional materials from Mediacorp and Mediacorp’s partners.
We know switching browsers can be a chore, but we want your experience with CNA to be fast, safe, and as good as possible.
To continue, upgrade to a supported one Browser or download the mobile app for the best experience.