2017 Wallabies squad

Wallabies LogoThe 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.

Michael Hooper is the side’s captain, having been unveiled as Stephen Moore’s successor in the lead-up to the Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championship, while Michael Cheika is the coach.

Current Wallabies Squad

Australian squad for 2017 Bledisloe Cup

Forwards
Allan Alaalatoa, 12 Tests, Brumbies
Rory Arnold, 12 Tests, Brumbies
Adam Coleman, 12 Tests, Western Force
Jack Dempsey, 1 Test, NSW Waratahs
Kane Douglas, 31 Tests, Queensland Reds
Tetera Faulkner, 2 Tests, Western Force
Ned Hanigan, 3 Tests, NSW Waratahs
Michael Hooper (c), 68 Tests, NSW Waratahs
Sekope Kepu, 80 Tests, NSW Waratahs
Adam Korczyk*, Queensland Reds
Sean McMahon, 15 Tests, Melbourne Rebels
Stephen Moore, 120 Tests, Queensland Reds
Tatafu Polota-Nau, 71 Tests, Western Force
Tom Robertson, 9 Tests, NSW Waratahs
Izack Rodda*, Queensland Reds
Rob Simmons, 71 Tests, Queensland Reds
Scott Sio, 32 Tests, Brumbies
Lopeti Timani, 7 Tests, Melbourne Rebels
Jordan Uelese*, Melbourne Rebels

Backs
Kurtley Beale, 60 Tests, NSW Waratahs
Israel Folau, 55 Tests, NSW Waratahs
Bernard Foley (vc), 45 Tests, NSW Waratahs
Will Genia (vc), 78 Tests
Dane Haylett-Petty, 17 Tests, Western Force
Reece Hodge, 13 Tests, Melbourne Rebels
Samu Kerevi, 8 Tests, Queensland Reds
Marika Koroibete*, Melbourne Rebels
Tevita Kuridrani, 47 Tests, Brumbies
Billy Meakes*, Western Force
Izaia Perese*, Queensland Reds
Nick Phipps, 52 Tests, NSW Waratahs
Joe Powell, 2 Tests, Brumbies
Curtis Rona*, Western Force
Henry Speight, 12 Tests, Brumbies
*denotes uncapped player

Players unavailable due to injury
Kyle Godwin (knee)
Karmichael Hunt (ankle)
Tolu Latu (neck)
Eto Nabuli (knee)
James Slipper (achilles)
Lukhan Tui (knee)
Sefa Naivalu (ankle)
Jake Gordon (ankle)

The squad named by Michael Cheika for the first two Bledisloe Cup matches is the first with Michael Hooper as the captain. Experienced backs Bernard Foley and Will Genia were named as Hooper’s two deputies, and former skipper Stephen Moore is also in the squad.

The biggest talking point from the squad is the omission of playmaker Quade Cooper. Cooper’s absence leaves Foley as the only recognised five-eighth in the side, although the returning Kurtley Beale – back in Wallabies colours for the first time since the 2015 Rugby World Cup – can also cover the number ten jersey.

The squad includes seven previously uncapped players – Adam Korczyk, Izack Rodda and Jordan Uelese in the forwards, and Billy Meakes, Izaia Perese and rugby league converts Marika Koroibete and Curtis Rona in the backs.

Last updated: 20 August, 2017