Wallabies confirm 32-man squad for Springboks, Argentina Tests

Josh Elliott Editor

By Josh Elliott, Josh Elliott is a Roar Editor

 , ,

106 Have your say

    The ARU has released their 32-man squad for the Wallabies’ upcoming matches in South Africa and Argentina.

    The squad is essentially unchanged from the 33-man group that the side playing in Canberra last week was selected from, except that Adam Korczyk has been dropped to make it 32.

    Lukhan Tui, Billy Meakes and Izaia Perese are the three uncapped players in the squad who could potentially make their debuts during the tour.

    Dane Haylett-Petty, Sefa Naivalu, James Slipper and Jermain Ainsley are all currently unavailable due to injury and as such are not named in the squad.

    The Wallabies play South Africa at 1:05am AEST on October 1 at Toyota Stadium in Bloemfontein next week, then play Argentina at 9:40am AEST on October 8 at Estadio Malvinas Argentinas in Mendoza.

    The Wallabies have one win, one draw and two losses from four Rugby Championship games so far this year, so will need two wins to finish the competition with a positive ledger.

    Allan Alaalatoa, 16 Tests, Brumbies
    Rory Arnold, 15 Tests, Brumbies
    Adam Coleman, 15 Tests, Western Force
    Jack Dempsey, 3 Tests, NSW Waratahs
    Tetera Faulkner, 2 Tests, Melbourne Rebels
    Ned Hanigan, 7 Tests, NSW Waratahs
    Michael Hooper (c), 72 Tests, NSW Waratahs
    Sekope Kepu, 84 Tests, NSW Waratahs
    Sean McMahon, 19 Tests, Melbourne Rebels
    Stephen Moore, 122 Tests, Queensland Reds
    Tatafu Polota-Nau, 75 Tests, Western Force
    Tom Robertson, 13 Tests, NSW Waratahs
    Izack Rodda, 2 Tests, Queensland Reds
    Rob Simmons, 75 Tests, NSW Waratahs
    Scott Sio, 36 Tests, Brumbies
    Lopeti Timani, 9 Tests, Melbourne Rebels
    Lukhan Tui*, Queensland Reds
    Jordan Uelese, 2 Tests, Melbourne Rebels

    Kurtley Beale, 64 Tests, NSW Waratahs
    Israel Folau, 59 Tests, NSW Waratahs
    Bernard Foley (vc), 49 Tests, NSW Waratahs
    Will Genia (vc), 82 Tests, Melbourne Rebels
    Reece Hodge, 17 Tests, Melbourne Rebels
    Samu Kerevi, 11 Tests, Queensland Reds
    Marika Koroibete, 1 Test, Melbourne Rebels
    Tevita Kuridrani, 51 Tests, Brumbies
    Billy Meakes*, Western Force
    Izaia Perese*, Queensland Reds
    Nick Phipps, 55 Tests, NSW Waratahs
    Joe Powell, 2 Tests, Brumbies
    Curtis Rona, 2 Tests, Western Force
    Henry Speight, 16 Tests, Brumbies

    Josh Elliott
    Josh Elliott

    Josh Elliott may be The Roar's Weekend Editor, but at heart he's just a rusted-on North Melbourne tragic with a penchant for pun headlines - and also abnormal alliteration, assuredly; assuming achievability. He once finished third in a hot chilli pie eating contest. You can follow him on Twitter @JoshElliott_29 and listen to him on The Roar's AFL Podcast.

    Do you find yourself logged out of The Roar?
    We have just switched over to a secure site (https). This means you will need to log-in afresh. If you need help with recovering your password, please get in contact.

    This video is trending right now! Submit your videos for the chance to win a share of $10,000!

    Have Your Say

    If not logged in, please enter your name and email before submitting your comment. Please review our comments policy before posting on the Roar.

    Oldest | Newest | Most Recent

    The Crowd Says (106)

    • September 22nd 2017 @ 12:11pm
      Terry said | September 22nd 2017 @ 12:11pm | ! Report

      Tui is a beast.He has to be in the game day 23..

      • September 22nd 2017 @ 1:26pm
        jameswm said | September 22nd 2017 @ 1:26pm | ! Report

        Nah he’s still developing. He needs a strong Super season in 2018 and excellent coaching, mentoring and S & C.

        • September 22nd 2017 @ 1:53pm
          James Boags said | September 22nd 2017 @ 1:53pm | ! Report

          So does Hannigan

          • September 22nd 2017 @ 2:07pm
            Terry said | September 22nd 2017 @ 2:07pm | ! Report

            No Hanigan doesn’t need developing, he is going great.

            • September 23rd 2017 @ 6:10pm
              ThugbyFan said | September 23rd 2017 @ 6:10pm | ! Report

              LoL Terry, surely you jest. I’m a Tahs supporter though and through and N.Hanigan was average for the whole season. His whole claim to fame is he is tall and wins lineouts when the ball is thrown his way and his low tackling is usually effective. Against that, his breakdown work is only average and he has no power at all either running with ball or in mauls. Every Tahs match saw him brushed off by opposition players either in rucks or when tackling above the hips.

              He started the season as a reserve backrower for the Tahs and likely would have finished there except for injuries to better players, His luck changed in round 4 when Jack Dempsey, who was in great form, went down with an ankle injury. One might ask “well why does M.Cheika keep selecting him?” I can only imagine in Cheika’s eyes he fills the same role as Dean Mumm, a lineout exponent who can go for 80 minutes with a bit of speed and who makes up for the lack of lineout ability of the team’s #8 and #7. He can also fill in as lock if two others go down. Others have suggested Cheika is impressed by Ned’s tough talking at training or Cheika sees a bit of himself; the yapping underdog winning against the odds. It helped that Mumm and Hanigan were Tahs players, so they knew the Tahs/WB system and of course there was no bias here; look the other way (coff coff). Its likely a combination of everything, who knows?

              But one thing for sure and that is the WB pack is like a car with a blown head gasket with Ned Hanigan and Sean McMahon in the team. It just doesn’t work, the gains you get from their performance in some areas are far outweighed by their weaknesses in other areas. Sadly M.Cheika’s pig headedness is keeping him from admitting the bleeding obvious and making the necessary changes.

        • September 23rd 2017 @ 10:12am
          Crash Ball2 said | September 23rd 2017 @ 10:12am | ! Report

          A mediocre Super season hasn’t proven to be a Wallabies barrier to Hanigan, Robertson, Moore or Phipps. Hell, an almost total absence of a Super season was enough to see Dempsey elevated to international test status. Why should Tui conform to a standard numerous 2017 Wallabies have failed to meet? Give the bloke a run @ 6. Can’t possibly be worse than the incumbent.

    • Roar Guru

      September 22nd 2017 @ 12:25pm
      PeterK said | September 22nd 2017 @ 12:25pm | ! Report

      I hope Hunt gets added in for argentina game like cheika has stated prior to this.

      Naivalu is playing this weekend obviously needs to get his fitness back. Only cheika favs gets rushed back in.

    • September 22nd 2017 @ 12:34pm
      marto said | September 22nd 2017 @ 12:34pm | ! Report


      Ned Hanigan, 7 Tests, NSW Waratahs
      Tom Robertson, 13 Tests, NSW Waratahs
      Nick Phipps, 55 Tests, NSW Waratahs

      • September 22nd 2017 @ 5:22pm
        PiratesRugby said | September 22nd 2017 @ 5:22pm | ! Report

        The Wallabies are a Waratah development squad.

        • September 22nd 2017 @ 8:34pm
          Reverse Wheel said | September 22nd 2017 @ 8:34pm | ! Report

          Do you have an app that auto posts whines about the Tahs? Just trying to remember the last time you had something constructive to say.

          • September 22nd 2017 @ 10:13pm
            PiratesRugby said | September 22nd 2017 @ 10:13pm | ! Report

            Sack Cheika.

            • September 23rd 2017 @ 12:00pm
              Cynical Play said | September 23rd 2017 @ 12:00pm | ! Report

              Yeah Stiles is WAY better… he really got the Reds going

              • September 25th 2017 @ 9:58am
                marto said | September 25th 2017 @ 9:58am | ! Report

                ^ Still finished above the tah tahs on the table champ..So your point is invalid..Cheicks is still picking woeful Waratahs. Sack him and bring in Link ….

                Hooper sacked Gill in
                Foley sacked, QC in
                Hanigan sacked, Higgers in
                Phipps sacked, Powell Tuttle in
                Robertson sacked, any loosehead in oz
                Dempsey sacked, Tui in

              • September 25th 2017 @ 11:27pm
                In brief said | September 25th 2017 @ 11:27pm | ! Report

                Link what a joke- the bloke who flew home alone with his team manager from Argentina… ? Please never again!!!

              • September 26th 2017 @ 11:35am
                marto said | September 26th 2017 @ 11:35am | ! Report

                Sack Cheika

        • September 23rd 2017 @ 8:11am
          Jock Cornet said | September 23rd 2017 @ 8:11am | ! Report

          Yeah it would be good if the other provinces developed some decent players and not leave it to the tahs players to do all the work and score all the tries. Qld is pathetic.

        • September 23rd 2017 @ 11:03am
          Jock Cornet said | September 23rd 2017 @ 11:03am | ! Report

          Still the majority of the players coming from the Shute . Brissy how about developing some players

          • September 25th 2017 @ 10:00am
            marto said | September 25th 2017 @ 10:00am | ! Report

            Yeah we do Jockstrap, but Cheika cant see past his clown nose and cauliflower ears.

      • September 23rd 2017 @ 11:30am
        Hello said | September 23rd 2017 @ 11:30am | ! Report

        I find it very disturbing that Robertson has nearly as many tests as AAA

    • September 22nd 2017 @ 12:39pm
      JonD said | September 22nd 2017 @ 12:39pm | ! Report

      Hmm – ten from the Waratahs, six from the Brumbies.

      Who came where on the ladder, and where’s the coach from again?

      • September 22nd 2017 @ 12:43pm
        marto said | September 22nd 2017 @ 12:43pm | ! Report

        ^ And all 10 of those Waratahs will be in Michael Cheikas game day 23.

        • Roar Guru

          September 22nd 2017 @ 3:02pm
          PeterK said | September 22nd 2017 @ 3:02pm | ! Report

          that clearly shows no bias, if he was biased they would all be starting

          • September 22nd 2017 @ 3:09pm
            Charlie Turner said | September 22nd 2017 @ 3:09pm | ! Report

            No that would be extreme stupidity!

            • Roar Guru

              September 22nd 2017 @ 3:16pm
              PeterK said | September 22nd 2017 @ 3:16pm | ! Report

              need a sarcasm font obviously

      • September 22nd 2017 @ 12:45pm
        Johnny J-Dog said | September 22nd 2017 @ 12:45pm | ! Report

        Which Waratahs should be replaced (apart from Phipps which is a given) and which Brumbies should be there?

        • September 25th 2017 @ 10:01am
          marto said | September 25th 2017 @ 10:01am | ! Report

          That’s easy

          Hooper sacked Gill in
          Foley sacked, QC in
          Hanigan sacked, Higgers in
          Robertson sacked, any loosehead in oz in
          Dempsey sacked, Tui in

      • Roar Guru

        September 22nd 2017 @ 12:52pm
        PeterK said | September 22nd 2017 @ 12:52pm | ! Report

        since neither beale or simmons played for the tahs this year they shouldn’t be considered in that analysis,

        add in 5 injured players none of which are tahs

        Dane Haylett-Petty – force, Sefa Naivalu – rebels, James Slipper – reds and Jermain Ainsley – force

        • September 22nd 2017 @ 12:57pm
          Terry said | September 22nd 2017 @ 12:57pm | ! Report

          They are signed by said clubs. They have nothing to do with their previous club.

          Josh is correct.

          • Roar Guru

            September 22nd 2017 @ 1:05pm
            PeterK said | September 22nd 2017 @ 1:05pm | ! Report

            No JonD and you are incorrect.

            He is drawing the analogy that number of spots be related to the teams super rugby performance i.e where they came on the ladder.

            Since neither Beale of Simmons played for the tahs they should not be included as part of that analogy

            • September 22nd 2017 @ 1:47pm
              Ruckin Oaf' said | September 22nd 2017 @ 1:47pm | ! Report

              Yeah no bias, nothing to see here, move on………….

              • Roar Guru

                September 22nd 2017 @ 3:01pm
                PeterK said | September 22nd 2017 @ 3:01pm | ! Report

                didn’t say that but at least have the numbers match the narrative accurately instead of misrepresentation

        • Roar Guru

          September 25th 2017 @ 4:29pm
          Timbo (L) said | September 25th 2017 @ 4:29pm | ! Report

          Simmons couldn’t get a phone call until there was ink on his Tahs contract, now he is the greatest thing since sliced bread.

          Billy Meakes might see some Game time now that the Tahs are sniffing around his skirt.

      • September 22nd 2017 @ 1:13pm
        Jimmyjam said | September 22nd 2017 @ 1:13pm | ! Report

        Brumbies only won 6 games mate they actually lost 9 and had a bad year like every other ozzie team. Throw in an argie halfback, a kiwi 10, who else would you throw in?

        • Roar Guru

          September 22nd 2017 @ 4:49pm
          Cadfael said | September 22nd 2017 @ 4:49pm | ! Report

          Phipps, Hanigan for starters.. Foley is there on sufferance as there isn’t anyone else. Never been a Simmons fan. Don’t know about Robertson. To be honest, my two halves would be Powell and Holmes.

        • September 23rd 2017 @ 2:56pm
          Utah said | September 23rd 2017 @ 2:56pm | ! Report

          The issue isn’t really which other Brumbies are deserved of selection, because you’re right, it’s hard to really think of any more that are worthy of selection. The real problem is that it seems that all the speculative selections go the way of the Waratahs, a team that was nothing short of woeful this year. Hanigan, Dempsey, Robertson are all speculative selections. For each of those guys you could probably name one or two others from other states who are just as worthy of selection.

      • Roar Pro

        September 22nd 2017 @ 3:31pm
        Crazy Horse said | September 22nd 2017 @ 3:31pm | ! Report

        Billy Meakes being taken so they can spend two weeks working on him to sign up for the Tahs.

        • September 22nd 2017 @ 6:38pm
          Selector said | September 22nd 2017 @ 6:38pm | ! Report

          I am hoping it has been his sweet form in the NRC, I would love to see him get a game before Hunt comes back.

      • Roar Guru

        September 22nd 2017 @ 4:44pm
        Cadfael said | September 22nd 2017 @ 4:44pm | ! Report

        Actually 19 from NSW one way or another.

      • September 22nd 2017 @ 8:35pm
        Reverse Wheel said | September 22nd 2017 @ 8:35pm | ! Report

        7 from the rebels who came dead last. Where’s your rage? Oh right, facts don’t fit your narrative….

      • September 24th 2017 @ 10:17am
        Bakkies said | September 24th 2017 @ 10:17am | ! Report

        Far too many Rebels players there. Talk about a reward for not performing.

    • September 22nd 2017 @ 1:14pm
      Cassandra said | September 22nd 2017 @ 1:14pm | ! Report

      I do think we’ve got the nucleus of a really competitive team except for the unbalanced backrow. Assuming Hooper has a lock on 7, I’d really like to see Tui/Timani/Dempsey playing 6 an 8 (especially against SA where bigger bodies are needed), McMahon coming off the bench and Hannigan playing left right out.

      • Roar Pro

        September 22nd 2017 @ 3:32pm
        Crazy Horse said | September 22nd 2017 @ 3:32pm | ! Report

        Hannigan playing left right out.

        Clearly his best position at this level.

    • September 22nd 2017 @ 1:44pm
      jameswm said | September 22nd 2017 @ 1:44pm | ! Report

      Cheika normally picks 2 teams plus a 3rd half and hooker. This is 18 forwards 14 backs, so a bit different.

      Only 5 backrowers

      5 Props – Sio, Kepu, Robertson, Ala, Faulkner

      3 Hookers – Taf, Moore, Uelese

      5 Locks – Coleman, Arnold, Rodda, Simmons, Tui

      5 Back row – Hanigan, Hooper, McMahon, Dempsey, Timani

      • September 22nd 2017 @ 1:53pm
        Fionn said | September 22nd 2017 @ 1:53pm | ! Report

        It does sort of baffle me how the Brumbies and Force could have the best back rows in the Aussie conference and yet we have a situation in which the entire back-row is taken from the Waratahs and Rebel. Mafi was the standout player in the conference, but, ya know… Japanese and all that…

        Not a single Brumby or Force player. You could all argue these are line decisions and Cheika just sided in favour of those that he did, but it still frustrating when you look at it overall.

        • Roar Guru

          September 22nd 2017 @ 2:47pm
          PeterK said | September 22nd 2017 @ 2:47pm | ! Report

          haven’t all the brumbies backrow left for o/s?

          Force backrow 1 is ineligible , 1 retired (hodgson) so only leaves hardwick

          • September 22nd 2017 @ 4:53pm
            Fionn said | September 22nd 2017 @ 4:53pm | ! Report

            Yes, but the Brumbies backrowers went overseas because they couldn’t get a look in.

        • September 22nd 2017 @ 2:53pm
          Jimmyjam said | September 22nd 2017 @ 2:53pm | ! Report

          Really? Lets try a reality check then

          Hodgson retired
          Hardwick… recently capped but behind Hooper
          MCalman injured all year
          Cortteral…. don’t think so
          RHP……… not a regular starter with the force
          Naiserani….ineligible via residency


          Fardy ……. released o/s
          Butler o/s
          Pocock…….on sabbatical
          Alcock……..o/s japan

          But yes they all missed out for no reason other than the evil villain Cheika who hates everyone not playing for the tahs.

          Who should be there out of this lot?????????????????????????

          • Roar Guru

            September 22nd 2017 @ 2:59pm
            PeterK said | September 22nd 2017 @ 2:59pm | ! Report

            RHP had shoulder surgery

          • September 22nd 2017 @ 3:21pm
            Terry said | September 22nd 2017 @ 3:21pm | ! Report

            Jimmyjam ^ Is that you Mrs Cheika ??

            • Roar Guru

              September 22nd 2017 @ 3:30pm
              Machooka said | September 22nd 2017 @ 3:30pm | ! Report

              Marto… how many aliases do you have?

              • September 23rd 2017 @ 12:03pm
                Cynical Play said | September 23rd 2017 @ 12:03pm | ! Report

                He can’t remember. Marto’s eye are very close together.

              • September 26th 2017 @ 11:31am
                marto said | September 26th 2017 @ 11:31am | ! Report


                I`ve told you numerous times to change you Nom de plume

                ” Alley Cat ” should be your new one.

                As you always sit on the fence.

            • September 22nd 2017 @ 3:59pm
              Jimmyjam said | September 22nd 2017 @ 3:59pm | ! Report

              Nah mate, just the fact checker. Just keep on hating dude if it makes you feel better! Cheika doesn’t care and neither do I.

              • September 26th 2017 @ 11:28am
                Terry said | September 26th 2017 @ 11:28am | ! Report

                ” Nah mate “.

                That`s what Cheikas says,.it is you Mrs Chuckles.

          • September 22nd 2017 @ 3:48pm
            Fionn said | September 22nd 2017 @ 3:48pm | ! Report

            Do you know why Alcock and Fardy overseas? It was linked to their inability to play for the Wallabies.

            RHP was a regular starter for the Force, and he didn’t have shoulder surgery until recently.

            Cheika has orchestrated a situation in which only only a few options are available.

            • September 22nd 2017 @ 9:35pm
              Daveski said | September 22nd 2017 @ 9:35pm | ! Report

              Fionn, I think there might be two Scott Fardys…. the fictional one who was sent to the Siberian gulags by Michael Cheika and the real one who perhaps realising he wasn’t in the coach’s long term plans for the next RWC headed off to play rugby in the UK for good coin.

              Chris Alcock ? Great player. Thought that since he first turned out for The Shoreman. But when at the Tahs he was overlooked by coaches, when at the Force he was overlooked by coaches …. so you can’t really say Cheika is failing to see what everyone else has.

              • September 23rd 2017 @ 2:32pm
                Crash Ball2 said | September 23rd 2017 @ 2:32pm | ! Report

                Scott Fardy – just one bloke. Form Australia blindside flanker of the 2017 Super rugby season. Assumedly a poor trainer. Stupidly, leaves his best performances for game days. Not a key criteria for this Wallabies side.

          • September 22nd 2017 @ 5:21pm
            PiratesRugby said | September 22nd 2017 @ 5:21pm | ! Report

            Fardy, Gill and Pocock gone o/s because of Cheika. Higgers dropped. Jones never got a proper crack either. Timani in the squad but apparently Hanigan and Dempsey give more impact. Yeah, right.
            Even Coleman and Arnold at risk of being dropped week to week but no matter how bad Foley, Phipps, Hanigan play, they keep their spot.
            So don’t p1ss on my leg and tell me it’s raining.

            • September 22nd 2017 @ 8:37pm
              Reverse Wheel said | September 22nd 2017 @ 8:37pm | ! Report

              It’s a good app.

            • September 22nd 2017 @ 8:42pm
              Redsback said | September 22nd 2017 @ 8:42pm | ! Report

              Gold. Nailed it.

          • September 22nd 2017 @ 6:47pm
            ForceFan said | September 22nd 2017 @ 6:47pm | ! Report

            Fionn is correct in that Ross Haylett-Petty has been unavailable for Test selection as he’s had some shoulder surgery.

            Ross actually started in every game for the Western Force in 2017 playing a total of 1,132 minutes (2 minutes less than Hooper).

          • September 23rd 2017 @ 3:01pm
            Utah said | September 23rd 2017 @ 3:01pm | ! Report

            Would Fardy have gone overseas if he wasn’t treated so badly by Cheika? Same could be asked of Nic White, and Matt Toomua. Now admittedly White and Toomua were both in competitive positions, but it does seem that the Waratah players tend to get the rub of the green with Cheika.

    , ,