Nine Queenslanders named in Wallabies squad for Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup Tests

Sun, 25/07/2021, 12:45 am
Reds Media Unit
by Reds Media Unit
Lukhan Salakaia-Loto and Hunter Paisami at Suncorp Stadium after clinching the France Test Series. Photo: Brendan Hertel/QRU
Lukhan Salakaia-Loto and Hunter Paisami at Suncorp Stadium after clinching the France Test Series. Photo: Brendan Hertel/QRU

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has named nine St.George Queensland Reds players in his 42-man squad for Australia's eToro Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup opener next month.

It's the same number of Reds representatives selected in the recent France Test Series squad, but with one personnel change.

Centre Jordan Petaia re-takes his place in the squad after overcoming injury, while Fijian-flyer Filipo Daugunu is sidelined with a broken arm. 

The 42-man squad contains eight uncapped players, with four others having made their debuts against France this month.

The group will assemble at Sanctuary Cove on the Gold Coast today, to prepare for the first Bledisloe Cup Test in Auckland on August 7.

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie said: “The connection this group is forming is growing every day and we’ve picked a squad of players here who are willing to work hard for each other.”

“We know we’ve still got a way to go to get to where we want to be but that challenge is exciting and something we’re looking forward to. 

“We have a great opportunity coming up in the Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup Tests to build on the momentum we picked up during a tough French Series.”

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Wallabies squad for 2021 eToro Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup Tests

Allan Alaalatoa (46, Brumbies, 27)
Tom Banks (14, Brumbies, 27)
Angus Bell (6, NSW Waratahs, 20)
Pone Fa’amausili* (uncapped, Melbourne Rebels, 24)
Lalakai Foketi* (uncapped, NSW Waratahs, 26)
Nick Frost* (uncapped, Brumbies, 21)
Jake Gordon (8, NSW Waratahs, 28)
Reece Hodge (46, Melbourne Rebels, 26)
Michael Hooper (c) (108, NSW Waratahs, 29)
Len Ikitau (2, Brumbies, 22)
Feleti Kaitu’u* (uncapped, Western Force, 26)
Andrew Kellaway (2, Melbourne Rebels, 25)
Marika Koroibete (37, Melbourne Rebels, 28)
Rob Leota* (uncapped, Melbourne Rebels, 24)
Noah Lolesio (5, Brumbies, 21)
Lachlan Lonergan (2, Brumbies, 21)
Ryan Lonergan* (uncapped, Brumbies, 23)
Tate McDermott (5, Queensland Reds, 22)
Fraser McReight (1, Queensland Reds, 22)

Andy Muirhead* (uncapped, Brumbies, 29)
Isi Naisarani (11, Melbourne Rebels, 26)
James O’Connor (55, Queensland Reds, 31)
Brandon Paenga-Amosa (12, Queensland Reds, 25)

Duncan Paia’aua* (uncapped, Toulon, 26)
Hunter Paisami (9, Queensland Reds, 23)
Jordan Petaia (8, Queensland Reds, 21)

Matt Philip (12 Tests, Melbourne Rebels, 27)
Tom Robertson (24, Western Force, 26)
Izack Rodda (25, Western Force, 24)
Lukhan Salakaia-Loto (28, Queensland Reds, 24)
Pete Samu (10, Brumbies, 29)
Scott Sio (68, Brumbies, 29)
James Slipper (103, Brumbies, 32)
Darcy Swain (3, Brumbies, 24)
Lachlan Swinton (2, NSW Waratahs, 24)
Matt To’omua (57, Melbourne Rebels, 31)
Taniela Tupou (28, Queensland Reds, 25)
Jordan Uelese (13, Melbourne Rebels, 24)
Rob Valetini (7, Brumbies, 22)
Nic White (37, Brumbies, 31)
Harry Wilson (8, Queensland Reds, 21)
Tom Wright (5, Brumbies, 24)
*denotes uncapped

Squad snapshot
- 807 total Test caps 
- 8 uncapped players, 14 with under 10 Test caps
- Average age of 25 (youngest – Angus Bell at 20, son of former Wallabies prop Mark Bell while the oldest is James Slipper (32), who has 103 Test caps)
- Average of 20 Test caps amongst the squad of 41
- Clubs represented: 15 Brumbies, 9 Reds, 9 Rebels, 5 Waratahs, 3 Western Force

2021 Bledisloe Cup Series 
- New Zealand v Wallabies, Saturday 7 August at Eden Park, Auckland at 5.05pm AEST* 

Wallabies’ fixtures in eToro Rugby Championship 
- Wallabies v New Zealand, Saturday 21 August at Optus Stadium, Perth at 6.00pm AWST*
- New Zealand v Wallabies, Saturday 28 August at Sky Stadium, Wellington at 5.05pm AEST* 
- South Africa v Wallabies, Sunday 12 September at Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney at 3.00pm AEST
- Wallabies v South Africa, Saturday 18 September at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane at 3.00pm AEST 
- Wallabies v Argentina, Saturday 25 September at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle at 7.45pm AEST 
- Argentina v Wallabies, Saturday 2 October at GIO Stadium in Canberra at 8pm AEST

*forms part of the 2021 Bledisloe Cup Series
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