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.

Current Wallabies Squad

Wallabies squad for 2017 June Tests
Back row: Michael Hooper, Richard Hardwick, Ned Hanigan, Jack Dempsey, Scott Higginbotham, Lopeti Timani.
Hookers: Stephen Moore (c) and Tatafu Polota-Nau
Props: Scott Sio, Tom Robertson, Toby Smith, Sekope Kepu, Silatolu Latu and Alan Alaalatoa.
Second row: Adam Coleman, Rory Arnold, Sam Carter and Lukhan Tui.
Fly-halves: Bernard Foley and Quade Cooper.
Halfbacks: Will Genia, Joe Powell and Jake Gordon.
Centres: Reece Hodge, Tevita Kuridrani, Kyle Godwin and Rob Horne.
Outside backs: Eto Nabuli, Marika Koroibete, Henry Speight, Karmichael Hunt, Dane Haylett-Petty, Israel Folau, Sefa Naivalu.

The Wallabies will play three test matches during the June international window against Scotland, Italy and Fiji. The squad was named on Monday, May 29 with eight (now nine) uncapped players in the side.

Dean Mumm, Scott Fardy, Rob Simmons, Kane Douglas, Rob Horne and Will Skelton were all left out of the side for the three Test matches, while Ned Hanigan, Marika Koroibete, Richard Hardwick, Joe Powell, Jack Dempsey, Eto Nabuli, Lukhan Tui and Karmichael Hunt are all in the squad as potential debutants for the Wallabies.

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Stephen Moore will lead the Wallabies again as captain. The 34-year-old will be looking to add to his glittering 100-test career as the first choice hooker for the Australians, but should he falter the team has a more than capable replacement waiting in the wings in Tatafu Polota-Nau.

Fighting alongside them is an emerging prop corps that mixes some veteran experience with fresh youngsters. Scott Sio looks to be the biggest threat at the front of the Wallaby scrum and the ever-reliable Sekope Kepu will be keen to put an injury-riddled 2016 behind him.

The opportunity however will be there for Toby Smith, Tom Robertson, Silatolu Latu and Allan Alaalatoa to break through and cement their spot in the Australian pack.

Adam Coleman leads a group of second-rowers that includes Sam Carter and an emerging duo in Rory Arnold and Lukhan Tui, while superstar Michael Hooper will spearhead the back row group alongside journeyman Scott Higginbotham and a young group consisting of Lopeti Timani, Jack Dempsey, Richard Hardwick and Ned Hanigan.

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Debutants Marika Koroibeke, Eto Nabuli and former league and AFL star Karmichael Hunt make an outside back coprs already featuring Israel Folau, Henry Speight, Dane Haylett-Perry and Sefanaia Naivalu even more interesting.

Tevita Kuridrani will continue to be one of the first choices for Michael Cheika in the centres, but Reece Hodge and youngster Kyle Godwin have had praises sung of their potential, while Rob Horne is also in the fold after replacing the injured Samu Kerevi.

The fly-half job is still very much Bernard Foley’s to lose, but the Wallabies are lucky to have another world-class replacement in Quade Cooper should they need him.

Similarly at scrum-half, Will Genia has his fands firmly on the jersey, with youngsters Joe Powell and Jake Gordon – brought in to replace Nick Phipps – battling it out for the remaining game time.

Last updated: 8 June, 2017