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Wallabies team and squad 2023

Quade Cooper of the Wallabies talks to team mates in a huddle after losing The Rugby Championship & Bledisloe Cup match between the Australia Wallabies and the New Zealand All Blacks at Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 29, 2023 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

The Wallabies squad is selected from Australian players plying their trade in Super Rugby, with a limited number of players playing overseas also permitted to be selected.

Wallabies coach Eddie Jones has reacted to the 0-4 start to his reign by blowing up the squad and starting again for the World Cup next month, ending the Test careers of Quade Cooper and Michael Hooper in the process.

French-based lock Will Skelton was named captain for the tournament with a demotion for James Slipper, while Australia’s longest-serving skipper Hooper was left out of the 33-man squad altogether. Tate McDermott will serve as Skelton’s deputy in the seven-week tournament starting September 8.

The team, with an average age of 26, an average Test caps of 20 and 25 players at their first RWC, is Australia’s least experienced since the 1991 World Cup, as Jones decided to go all in on youth. He has selected Carter Gordon and Ben Donaldson as his flyhalf options – they have six Tests between them with five losses.

Wallabies 2023 Rugby World Cup Squad (age, professional club, junior club, Tests)

Props (6)

Angus Bell (22, NSW Waratahs, Hunters Hill Rugby Club, 23 Tests)*

Pone Fa’amausili (26, Melbourne Rebels, Moorabbin Rams, 5 Tests) *


Zane Nonggorr (22, Queensland Reds, Gold Coast Eagles, 2 Tests)*

Blake Schoupp (23, ACT Brumbies, Woonona Shamrocks, uncapped)*

James Slipper (34, ACT Brumbies, Bond Pirates, 131 Tests)

Taniela Tupou (27, Queensland Reds, Brothers Rugby Club, 48 Tests)

Hookers (3)

Matt Faessler (24, Queensland Reds, USQ Saints, 1 Test)*

David Porecki (30, NSW Waratahs, Seaforth Raiders, 14 Tests)*


Jordan Uelese (26, Melbourne Rebels, Eltham Rugby Club, 18 Tests)

Locks (4)

Richie Arnold (33, Stade Toulousain, Gentlemen of Murwillumbah, 4 Tests)*

Nick Frost (23, ACT Brumbies, Hornsby Lions, 12 Tests) *

Matt Philip (29, Melbourne Rebels, Newport Juniors, 28 Tests)*

Will Skelton (c) (31, La Rochelle, Wentworth Magpies, 28 Tests)

Back Row (5)


Langi Gleeson (22, NSW Waratahs, Harbord Harlequins, 3 Tests)*

Tom Hooper (22, ACT Brumbies, Bathurst Bulldogs, 3 Tests)*

Rob Leota (26, Melbourne Rebels, Northern Panthers, 16 Tests)*

Fraser McReight (24, Queensland Reds, Albany Creek Brumbies, 12 Tests)*

Rob Valetini (24, ACT Brumbies, Melbourne Harlequins, 34 Tests)*

Scrumhalves (3)

Issak Fines-Leleiwasa (27, Western Force, Port Douglas Reef Raiders, uncapped)*


Tate McDermott (vc) (24, Queensland Reds, Flinders Rugby Club, 25 Tests)*

Nic White (33, ACT Brumbies, Muswellbrook Healers, 63 Tests)

Flyhalves (1)

Carter Gordon (22, Melbourne Rebels, Sunshine Coast Grammar School, 4 Tests)*

Centres (4)

Lalakai Foketi (28, NSW Waratahs, Manly Roos, 5 Tests)*

Samu Kerevi (29, Urayasu D-Rocks, Souths Magpies, 45 Tests)


Izaia Perese (26, NSW Waratahs, Easts Tigers, 5 Tests)*

Jordan Petaia (23, Queensland Reds, Wests Rugby Club, 27 Tests)

Outside Backs (5)

Max Jorgensen (18, NSW Waratahs, Balmain Wolves, uncapped)*

Andrew Kellaway (27, Melbourne Rebels, Hunters Hill Rugby Club, 23 Tests)*

Marika Koroibete (31, Saitama Wild Knights, Nasinu Secondary School, 55 Tests)

Mark Nawaqanitawase (22, NSW Waratahs, Wests Juniors, 6 Tests)*


Suliasi Vunivalu (27, Queensland Reds, Saint Kentigern College, 2 Tests)*

Utility (2)

Ben Donaldson (23, NSW Waratahs, Clovelly Eagles, 2 Tests)*

Josh Kemeny (24, Melbourne Rebels, Easts Rugby Club, 1 Test)*

*denotes first Rugby World Cup

Tom Lambert, James O’Connor and Folau Fainga’a added as “extra training members”.

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