2016 Wallabies squad

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 an up and down Rugby Championship campaign that saw them finish behind New Zealand, Michael Cheika and the Wallabies are set to take on Europe for the annual Spring Tour.

Marika Koroibete is the big inclusion in Cheika’s 32-man Wallabies squad for the upcoming Spring Tour.

Koroibete, who has signed with the Melbourne Rebels after a stint in the NRL with the Melbourne Storm, is one of three uncapped players in the touring party, alongside Kyle Godwin and Tolu Latu.

Will Genia, who was forced to miss the Wallabies third and final Bledisloe Cup match against New Zealand, has also been included in the squad.

Koroibete could become the first Wallaby to make his international debut before stepping onto the field in a Super Rugby game since Tatafu Polota-Nau earned his first Australian cap in 2005.

Koroibete’s inclusion in the touring party was helped by the absence of Samu Kerevi, who suffered an injured ankle in Australia’s 37-10 loss against New Zealand on Saturday and has been omitted from the Spring Tour squad as a result.

Kerevi has been a consistent performer at outside centre for the Wallabies since making his debut against England in June, but his absence will now force Michael Cheika to find a different option for the number 13 jersey.

Updated Wallabies 32-man squad for 2016 Spring Tour

Allan Alaalatoa – 5 Tests
Rory Arnold – 6 Tests
Adam Coleman – 7 Tests
Quade Cooper – 64 Tests
Kane Douglas – 28 Tests
Scott Fardy – 37 Tests
Israel Folau – 48 Tests
Bernard Foley – 37 Tests
Nick Frisby – 3 Tests
Will Genia – 72 Tests
Kyle Godwin**
James Hanson – 12 Tests
Dane Haylett-Petty – 10 Tests
Reece Hodge – 6 Tests
Michael Hooper – 61 Tests
Sekope Kepu – 73 Tests
Marika Koroibete**
Tevita Kuridrani – 40 Tests
Tolu Latu**
Sean McMahon – 12 Tests
Stephen Moore (c) – 112 Tests
Dean Mumm – 53 Tests
Sefanaia Naivalu – 2 Tests
Nick Phipps – 48 Tests
David Pocock – 61 Tests
Tom Robertson – 4 Tests
Rob Simmons – 66 Tests
Scott Sio – 25 Tests
Will Skelton – 16 Tests
Henry Speight – 6 Tests
James Slipper – 82 Tests
Lopeti Timani – 3 Tests

** On debut