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The Wallabies squad is selected from Australian players plying their trade in Super Rugby AU. There is also the option to pick overseas-based players but Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has publicly stated his preference to pick locally-based players.
With a one point loss in the dying moments of their clash against Wales, the Wallabies slipped to three losses in a row. It was a heart breaking result for the Wallabies who had found a way to lead the game with 90 seconds to go, despite having to play with 14 men from the 15th minute when Rob Valetini was sent off for a head high tackle.
With so many first choice players out through injury and selection restrictions, the final few games of 2021 were always going to be a challenge but the consistent issues with poor discipline will frustrate the coaches and squad.
2021 has been a balanced year for the Wallabies when it comes to results – they have played 14 Tests this year, winning seven and losing seven. A series win over France, two memorable victories over the Springboks and a second place in the Rugby Championship provide plenty to celebrate but there will be plenty for Dave Rennie and his team to ponder during the off season. With the Rugby World Cup just two years away, Rennie will have a carefully thought out plan of how to get the Wallabies to France as a genuine contender come late 2023.
Next on the fixtures list for the Wallabies will be a home series of three Tests against Eddie Jones’ England in July 2022.
Wallabies team that played Wales
1. James Slipper (c), 2. Tolu Latu, 3. Taniela Tupou, 4. Rory Arnold, 5. Izack Rodda, 6. Rob Leota, 7. Pete Samu, 8. Rob Valetini, 9. Nic White, 10. James O’Connor, 11. Filipo Daugunu, 12. Hunter Paisami, 13. Len Ikitau, 14. Andrew Kellaway, 15. Kurtley Beale
16. Folau Fainga’a, 17. Angus Bell, 18. Allan Alaalatoa, 19. Will Skelton, 20. Lachlan Swinton, 21. Tate McDermott, 22. Lalakai Foketi, 23. Tom Wright
Allan Alaalatoa, Rory Arnold, Kurtley Beale, Angus Bell, Filipo Daugunu, Folau Fainga’a, Lalakai Foketi*, Jake Gordon, Michael Hooper (c), Len Ikitau, Feleti Kaitu’u, Andrew Kellaway, Tolu Latu, Rob Leota, Tate McDermott, Connal McInerney*, James O’Connor, Hunter Paisami, Izaia Perese*, Jordan Petaia, Matt Philip, Tom Robertson, Izack Rodda, Pete Samu, Will Skelton, James Slipper, Darcy Swain, Lachlan Swinton, Taniela Tupou, Rob Valetini, Nic White, Tom Wright, Ollie Hoskins