The 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
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.