Wallabies squad confirmed for eToro France Series

· International
by Rugby Australia

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has named his squad for Australia’s eToro Test Series against France, kicking off next month.

Rennie confirmed his squad on a Stan Sport special this afternoon alongside captain Michael Hooper.

The squad contains 11 uncapped players with a further 14 players having played less than 10 Tests.

The squad marks a return to the Wallabies for Sitaleki Timani after 2760 days, with the Western Force veteran having last played for Australia on the 2013 Spring Tour against Scotland.

The full squad will convene on Tuesday at Sanctuary Cove on the Gold Coast having completed their duties in Harvey Norman Super Rugby Trans-Tasman this weekend.

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie said: “We’ve picked this squad on form and on potential, and I know the whole group really excited to get stuck in and push their case for a Wallaby jersey against France.

“Obviously the squad is a bit bigger than what we would normally have but we had to consider how we will handle the rigours of the Series against France.

“We’ll get together on Tuesday and then start our preparations in earnest for what promises to be a really exciting Series against a side that’s at the top of its game,” Rennie said.

Stan Sport will showcase every Wallabies Test in 2021 ad-free, live and on demand while every game will also be shown on the Nine Network.

The Wallabies will square off against France in the first Test at Sydney’s iconic Sydney Cricket Ground on Wednesday 7 July before moving south for the second game on Tuesday 13 July at AAMI Park in Melbourne.

Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane will host the third and final Test on Saturday 17 July, with tickets to every match available via Ticketek.

Wallabies squad for 2021 eToro France Series (Test caps, Harvey Norman Super Rugby side and age)

Allan Alaalatoa (43, Brumbies, 27)

Tom Banks (11, Brumbies, 26)

Angus Bell (3, NSW Waratahs, 20)

Filipo Daugunu (5, Queensland Reds, 26)

Pone Fa’amausili* (uncapped, Melbourne Rebels, 24)

Lalakai Foketi* (uncapped, NSW Waratahs, 26)

Jake Gordon (5, NSW Waratahs, 27)

Reece Hodge (45, Melbourne Rebels, 26)

Michael Hooper © (105, Verblitz/NSW Waratahs, 29)

Len Ikitau* (uncapped, Brumbies, 22)

Feleti Kaitu’u* (uncapped, Western Force, 26)

Andrew Kellaway* (uncapped, Melbourne Rebels, 25)

Marika Koroibete (34, Melbourne Rebels, 28)

Rob Leota* (uncapped, Melbourne Rebels, 24)

Noah Lolesio (2, Brumbies, 21)

Lachlan Lonergan* (uncapped, Brumbies, 21)

Tate McDermott (2, Queensland Reds, 22)

Fraser McReight (1, Queensland Reds, 22)

Andy Muirhead* (uncapped, Brumbies, 28)

Isi Naisarani (8, Melbourne Rebels, 26)

James O’Connor (55, Queensland Reds, 30)

Brandon Paenga-Amosa (9, Queensland Reds, 25)

Hunter Paisami (6, Queensland Reds, 23)

Izaia Perese* (uncapped, NSW Waratahs, 24)

Matt Philip (9 Tests, Pau/Melbourne Rebels, 27)

Lukhan Salakaia-Loto (25, Queensland Reds, 24)

Scott Sio (68, Brumbies, 29)

James Slipper (100, Brumbies, 32)

Darcy Swain* (uncapped, Brumbies, 23)

Lachie Swinton (1, NSW Waratahs, 24)

Sitaleki Timani (18, Western Force, 34)

Matt To’omua (54, Melbourne Rebels, 31)

Taniela Tupou (25, Queensland Reds, 25)

Rob Valetini (4 Tests, Brumbies, 22)

Michael Wells* (uncapped, Melbourne Rebels, 28)

Nic White (37, Brumbies, 31)

Harry Wilson (6, Queensland Reds, 21)

Tom Wright (3, Brumbies, 23)

*denotes uncapped

Squad snapshot

  • 684 Test caps
  • 11 uncapped players
  • Average age of 25 (youngest – Angus Bell at 20, son of former Wallabies prop Mark Bell while the oldest is Sitaleki Timani at 34, who returns to Test arena for first time since 2013)
  • Average of 18 Test caps amongst the squad of 38
  • Clubs represented: 12 Brumbies, 9 Reds, 9 Rebels, 6 Waratahs, 2 Western Force