Wallabies squad for eToro England Series unveiled

Sun, Jun 12, 2022, 12:00 AM
Rugby Australia
by Rugby Australia
Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has spoken after announcing his 35-man squad for the upcoming England Series.

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has confirmed a 35-man squad ahead of next month's eToro July Series against the old enemy England.

There are four players in their first ever national Test squad, including Waratahs duo Jed Holloway and David Porecki who have been in outstanding form in sky blue this year.

Brumbies lock Cadeyrn Neville is another named for the first time at the age of 33.

Queensland Reds flyer and NRL convert Suliasi Vunivalu has also forced his way into the group with strong performances in Harvey Norman Super Rugby Pacific.

Tighthead prop Pone Fa'amausili and Brumbies second rower Nick Frost are the other two uncapped players selected by Rennie.

An otherwise settled squad sees Michael Hooper again lead as captain, with James Slipper the other Test centurion in the group.

Japanese-based trio Quade Cooper, Marika Koroibete and Samu Kerevi are the three overseas selections.

The squad is comprised of 15 Brumbies, seven Queensland Reds, six Waratahs, four Melbourne Rebels and three from Japanese-based clubs.

The group will assemble on the Sunshine Coast from Thursday as they prepare for the three-Test series against Eddie Jones' team, with the opener scheduled at Optus Stadium in Perth on July 2.

The sides will then move to the east coast with the second clash at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium on July 9 and a potential decider at the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground on July 16.

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie said: “The core of this squad is a group who have performed strongly for us over the last two seasons, while strong form in Super Rugby Pacific has been rewarded with a handful of new faces."

"The past two years have allowed us to build strong foundations as a group but there's no doubt that we have a lot more in us.

"We're looking forward to working hard and preparing as a group to put in performances that make our supporters proud against England next month."

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Squad summary

Total Test caps: 905

Average Test caps: 26

Average age: 27

Uncapped players: 6 (Pone Fa'amausili, Nick Frost, Jed Holloway, Cadeyrn Neville, David Porecki, Suliasi Vunivalu)

Most capped: Michael Hooper (118 Tests)

Youngest member: Angus Bell, 21

Oldest member: Quade Cooper, 34

Breakdown: Brumbies 15, Queensland Reds 7, NSW Waratahs 6, Melbourne Rebels 4, Overseas clubs 3

Wallabies camp squad (age, team, Tests played)

Allan Alaalatoa (28, Brumbies, 53 Tests)

Tom Banks (27, Brumbies, 19 Tests)

Angus Bell (21, NSW Waratahs, 16 Tests)

Quade Cooper (34, Kintetsu Liners, 75 Tests)

Pone Fa'amausili (25, Melbourne Rebels, uncapped)

Folau Fainga'a (27, Brumbies, 25 Tests)

Nick Frost (22, Brumbies, uncapped)

Jake Gordon (28, NSW Waratahs, 10 Tests)

Michael Hooper (c) (30, NSW Waratahs, 118 Tests)

Jed Holloway (29, NSW Waratahs, uncapped)

Len Ikitau (23, Brumbies, 13 Tests)

Andrew Kellaway (26, Melbourne Rebels, 13 Tests)

Samu Kerevi (28, Suntory Sungoliath, 38 Tests)

Marika Koroibete (29, Saitama Wild Knights, 42 Tests)

Rob Leota (25, Melbourne Rebels, 6 Tests)

Noah Lolesio (22, Brumbies, 9 Tests)

Lachlan Lonergan (22, Brumbies, 4 Tests)

Tate McDermott (23, Queensland Reds, 15 Tests)

Cadeyrn Neville (33, Brumbies, uncapped)

James O’Connor (31, Queensland Reds, 61 Tests)

Hunter Paisami (24, Queensland Reds, 15 Tests)

Izaia Perese (25, NSW Waratahs, 2 Tests)

Jordan Petaia (22, Queensland Reds, 16 Tests)

Matt Philip (28, Melbourne Rebels, 20 Tests)

David Porecki (29, NSW Waratahs, uncapped)

Pete Samu (30, Brumbies, 19 Tests)

Scott Sio (30, Brumbies, 69 Tests)

James Slipper (33, Brumbies, 114 Tests)

Darcy Swain (24, Brumbies, 10 Tests)

Taniela Tupou (26, Queensland Reds, 38 Tests)

Rob Valetini (23, Brumbies, 18 Tests)

Suliasi Vunivalu (26, Queensland Reds, uncapped)

Nic White (31, Brumbies, 47 Tests)

Harry Wilson (22, Queensland Reds, 10 Tests)

Tom Wright (24, Brumbies, 10 Tests)