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The Wallabies squad is picked from available Australian players who play in Super Rugby, or who play in overseas competition as long as they have seven years of Australian rugby experience and at least 60 Test caps under their belts.
The Wallabies have now confirmed their 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup, cutting five players from the 36-man squad that played in the Rugby Championship.
All of the players from Australia’s Bledisloe Cup sides will be among the squad going to Japan.
David Pocock, who missed the entire Rugby Championship with injury has been selected with coach Michael Cheika hoping he can recover in time for his international swansong.
Adam Ashley-Cooper has been named for his fourth World Cup, equalling the mark set by George Gregan for most appearances by a Wallaby.
Nick Phipps and Joe Powell were overlooked in the halfback role with Cheika naming two players for the No.9 jumper, selecting veteran Will Genia and the returning Nic White, who shot back into the Wallabies side with great performances in The Rugby Championship.
Kurtley Beale has retained his place in the side for a third World Cup showing.
Cheika has kept faith in 19-year-old Jordan Petaia despite a frustrating 18-month period of injury setbacks that have denied him game time in the Wallaby jumper.
James O’Connor will continue his dream return to Australian rugby with another World Cup berth, his first since the 2011 edition.
Michael Hooper will captain the side with Samu Kerevi serving as vice-captain.
|Allan Alaalatoa||Adam Ashley-Cooper|
|Rory Arnold||Kurtley Beale|
|Adam Coleman||Bernard Foley|
|Jack Dempsey||Will Genia|
|Folau Fainga’a||Dane Haylett-Petty|
|Michael Hooper (c)||Reece Hodge|
|Sekope Kepu||Samu Kerevi (vc)|
|Tolu Latu||Marika Koroibete|
|Isi Naisarani||Tevita Kuridrani|
|David Pocock||Christian Lealiifano|
|Izack Rodda||James O’Connor|
|Lukhan Salakaia-Loto||Jordan Petaia|
|Rob Simmons||Matt To’omua|
|Scott Sio||Nic White|