Dave Rennie announces first Qantas Wallabies squad

· The Rugby Championship
by Rugby Australia

Qantas Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has named his first squad as Australia’s Head Coach, confirming a 44-man group for the 2020 Test season.

Qantas Wallabies squad for 2020 Test season (Test caps, Vodafone Super Rugby side and age)

Jermaine Ainsley (3 Tests, Melbourne Rebels, 25)

Allan Alaalatoa (37 Tests, Brumbies, 26)

Tom Banks (6 Tests, Brumbies, 26)

Angus Bell* (uncapped, NSW Waratahs, 19)

Filipo Daugunu* (uncapped, Queensland Reds, 25)

Pone Fa’amausili* (uncapped, Melbourne Rebels, 23)

Folau Fainga'a (12 Tests, Brumbies, 25)

Jake Gordon (1 Test, NSW Waratahs, 27)

Ned Hanigan (20 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 25)

Will Harrison* (uncapped, NSW Waratahs, 21)

Dane Haylett-Petty (37 Tests, Melbourne Rebels, 31)

Reece Hodge (39 Tests, Melbourne Rebels, 26)

Michael Hooper (99 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 28)

Tom Horton* (uncapped, NSW Waratahs, 23)

Trevor Hosea* (uncapped, Melbourne Rebels, 20)

Len Ikitau* (uncapped, Brumbies, 21)

Harry Johnson-Holmes (1 Test, NSW Waratahs, 23)

Marika Koroibete (28 Tests, Melbourne Rebels, 28)

Noah Lolesio* (uncapped, Brumbies, 20)

Jack Maddocks (7 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 23)

Tate McDermott* (uncapped, Queensland Reds, 21)

Fraser McReight* (uncapped, Queensland Reds, 21)

James O'Connor (52 Tests, Queensland Reds, 30)

Brandon Paenga-Amosa (4 Tests, Queensland Reds, 24)

Hunter Paisami* (uncapped, Queensland Reds, 22)

Jordan Petaia (3 Tests, Queensland Reds, 20)

Matt Philip (3 Tests, Melbourne Rebels, 26)

Joe Powell (4 Tests, Brumbies, 26)

James Ramm* (uncapped, NSW Waratahs, 22)

Lukhan Salakaia-Loto (21 Tests, Queensland Reds, 23)

Pete Samu (9 Tests, Brumbies, 28)

Rob Simmons (100 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 31)

Irae Simone* (uncapped, Brumbies, 25)

Scott Sio (63 Tests, Brumbies, 28)

James Slipper (96 Tests, Brumbies, 31)

Lachie Swinton* (uncapped, NSW Waratahs, 23)

Matt To’omua (52 Tests, Melbourne Rebels, 30)

Taniela Tupou (19 Tests, Queensland Reds, 24)

Jordan Uelese (9 Tests, Melbourne Rebels, 23)

Rob Valetini (1 Test, Brumbies, 22)

Nic White (31 Tests, Brumbies, 30)

Harry Wilson* (uncapped, Queensland Reds, 20)

Liam Wright (2 Tests, Queensland Reds, 22)

Tom Wright* (uncapped, Brumbies, 23)

*Denotes uncapped player

The squad contains 16 uncapped players as the Wallabies’ new era begins with a further 13 players having played less than 10 Tests.

The full squad will convene next Monday following the Vodafone Super Rugby AU Final between the Brumbies and Queensland Reds on Saturday night at GIO Stadium in Canberra.

Qantas Wallabies coach Dave Rennie said: “This is a really exciting day for us. We’ve picked this squad on form and on potential and I know the whole group are chomping at the bit to get stuck in and push their case for a Wallaby jersey.

“There’s a big game to come on Saturday night down in Canberra but personally, I’m really looking forward to getting out on the grass in a week’s time to start putting in the work together.

“When we picked the squad, we had to consider how we will handle the rigours of the Test calendar ahead. It is obviously a big squad which is due to COVID restrictions as we can’t bring players in and out but each of one them is there on merit,” Rennie said.

Rennie’s new era will be an historic one with The Rugby Championship set to be hosted entirely in Australia this November following an announcement by SANZAAR last week.

The final match schedule is yet to be confirmed while Rugby Australia and New Zealand Rugby continue to work together in arranging additional Bledisloe Cup fixtures.

Foxtel will showcase every Test in 2020 with all games also be streamed LIVE and On Demand on Kayo Sports.The Qantas Wallabies will also be live and free on Network 10, WIN Network and tenplay.com.au throughout the 2020 Test season.

Squad snapshot:

  • 759 Test caps
  • 711 Test points
  • 16 uncapped players
  • 13 players have played less than 10 Tests
  • Average age of 24 (youngest – Angus Bell, son of former Wallabies prop Mark Bell while the oldest is Rob Simmons who is also the only Test centurion)
  • Eight players made Vodafone Super Rugby debut in 2020 – Angus Bell, Will Harrison, Tom Horton, Trevor Hosea, Hunter Paisami, Noah Lolesio, James Ramm and Harry Wilson, who are also all products of Rugby Australia’s Pathway Programs
  • Clubs represented: 13 Brumbies, 11 Reds, 11 Waratahs and 9 Rebels