2016 Wallabies squad

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Wallabies LogoThe 2016 Wallabies squad for the Rugby Championship has been announced with Michael Cheika making a number of surprise inclusions to the men in gold.

After initially naming a strong squad with a host of overseas-based players for the opening two fixtures of the Rugby Championship, Cheika’s side has since been ravaged by injury.

Five changes have been made to the squad which was brushed aside so easily by the All Blacks in the opening two Rugby Championship fixtures. Matt Giteau (ankle), Rob Horne (shoulder), Matt Toomua (concussion) and Ben McCalman (shoulder) have all been forced from the squad, while Adam Ashley-Cooper has flown back to France.

In their place for the next two matches against South Africa and Argentina are a group of inexperienced players. New inclusions Henry Speight, Rory Arnold and Luke Morahan have eight caps between them, while fellow late call-ups Kyle Godwin and Sefa Naivalu are untested at international level.

Updated 33-Man Wallabies squad selected for 2016 Rugby Championship

Allan Alaalatoa
Rory Arnold
Adam Coleman
Quade Cooper
Kane Douglas
Scott Fardy
Israel Folau
Bernard Foley
Will Genia
Kyle Godwin
James Hanson
Dane Haylett-Petty
Reece Hodge
Michael Hooper
Sekope Kepu
Samu Kerevi
Tevita Kuridrani
Sean McMahon
Drew Mitchell
Stephen Moore
Luke Morahan
Dean Mumm
Sefa Naivalu
Nick Phipps
David Pocock
Tatafu Polota-Nau
Tom Robertson
Rob Simmons
Scott Sio
Will Skelton
James Slipper
Henry Speight
Lopeti Timani

Despite being yet to make it onto their field for the Wallabies during the opening two Rugby Championship fixtures, France-based Drew Mitchell has retained his spot in the squad as he continues to recover from a groin injury. He and Will Genia, who also plies his trade in France, remain as the only two overseas-based players in the side.