The Wallabies squad is picked from available Australian players who are playing elite level rugby in competitions all around the world such as Super Rugby, the Aviva Premiership and the Top 14.
Current Wallabies Squad
There is currently no selected Wallabies squad.
The next Wallabies team will be announced ahead of the June 2017 mid-year Tests, when the side will take on Fiji, Scotland and Italy on home soil.
Previous Wallabies Squad
The last side Wallabies coach Michael Cheika selected was for the 2016 end of year Spring Tour. The side was captained by Stephen Moore, and comprised 32 different players.
Wallabies squad for 2016 Spring Tour
Allan Alaalatoa, Rory Arnold, Adam Coleman, Quade Cooper, Kane Douglas, Scott Fardy, Israel Folau, Bernard Foley, Nick Frisby, Will Genia, Kyle Godwin, James Hanson, Dane Haylett-Petty, Reece Hodge, Michael Hooper, Sekope Kepu, Marika Koroibete, Tevita Kuridrani, Tolu Latu, Sean McMahon, Stephen Moore (c), Dean Mumm, Sefanaia Naivalu, Nick Phipps, David Pocock, Tom Robertson, Rob Simmons, Scott Sio, Will Skelton, Henry Speight, James Slipper, Lopeti Timani
Here’s a look at who could pull on the green and gold in 2017.
The Wallabies back row has been the subject of a fair bit of talk in recent months with the impending sabbatical of long-term mainstay David Pocock. Michael Hooper has been considered a lock on the number seven jersey in recent times, and so the question remains as to who will partner him in the back row.
The much maligned Dean Mumm continues to linger around the Wallabies set up, and could potentially find himself with a big role to play in the new year. However, it’s Sean McMahon who has been tipped to take over from Pocock, having already been capped 14 times for his country at the age of 22.
Lopeti Timani has been tipped for big things following his Test debut and subsequent five Tests in 2016. The big man signed a contract extension at the beginning of 2017 which will keep him in the Australian rugby fold until at least the 2019 World Cup in Japan.
To the backline, where the position of fullback has been the subject of increasing discussion. Israel Folau did not have the best 2016, and as such debate over his best position has ensued. Some have suggested a shift into the centres, leaving a question mark over who should replace him at 15. The Western Force’s Dane Haylett-Petty has featured 13 times for the Wallabies and could be the man to step into the void.
Samu Kerevi, Reece Hodge and Tevita Kuridrani represent good options in the centres and have all been in and around the Wallabies squad lately. New Brumbies signing Kyle Godwin has also been touted as a potential option at 12 or 13.
Bernard Foley’s kicking game has kept him as Australia’s first-choice fly-half in recent times, however, the skills of Quade Cooper continue to see him picked in the squad. Some believe Cooper to be the better option, time will tell if Michael Cheika is one of them.
The position of scrumhalf is another which is open to debate. Will Genia and Nick’s Frisby and Phipps have all played there recently. Genia will be unavailable in June however, with release from his French side Stade Francais very unlikely. As such Waratah Phipps should battle it out with Red Frisby for the number nine jersey.