Cheika names 10 uncapped Wallabies

Cheika names 10 uncapped Wallabies

Code-hopping Karmichael Hunt, overseas-based stars James Horwill and Sekope Kepu and returning players Taqele Naiyaravoro and Leroy Houston have been included in coach Michael Cheika’s 39-man Wallabies training squad ahead of next month’s three-Test series with England.

The squad also features 10 uncapped players including Queensland backs Eto Nabuli, Samu Kerevi and Nick Frisby, Western Force fullback Dane Haylett-Petty and lock Adam Coleman, Brumbies third-choice halfback Joe Powell and forwards Allan Alaalatoa and Rory Arnold.

Fiji-born winger Taqele Naiyaravoro will be eligible as he has signed to rejoin the Waratahs after the June series following a stint in Glasgow, while prop Houston has signed for the Reds after cutting short the final season of his deal with Bath in the English premiership.

The squad is missing Europe-based World Cup final players Drew Mitchell, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Matt Giteau and Will Genia.

The squad will assemble at the Wallabies training base in Caloundra on Sunday ahead of what Cheika is promising to be a torrid series against England’s Six Nations champions.

“We’ve been working with an initial squad of 60 players we identified, which has been reduced to 39 for this camp,” Cheika said.

“We’ll trim that number down to 30 for each Test, so competition for spots is everything.

“Our first week in camp will target a high-intensity training attitude, building on combinations within that environment.

“We want to build on the identity we’ve worked hard on establishing over the past 18 months.”

Backs – Israel Folau (NSW Waratahs), Bernard Foley (Waratahs), Nick Frisby (Queensland Reds), Mike Harris (Rebels), Dane Haylett-Petty (Force), Rob Horne (Waratahs), Karmichael Hunt (Reds), Samu Kerevi (Reds), Tevita Kuridrani (Brumbies), Christian Lealiifano (Brumbies), Luke Morahan (Force), Eto Nabuli (Reds), Taqele Naiyaravoro (Waratahs), Nick Phipps (Waratahs), Joe Powell (Brumbies)

Forwards – Allan Alaalatoa (Brumbies), Rory Arnold (Brumbies), Sam Carter (Brumbies), Adam Coleman (Western Force), Scott Fardy (Brumbies), Liam Gill (Reds), James Hanson (Melbourne Rebels), Greg Holmes (Reds), Michael Hooper (Waratahs), James Horwill (Harlequins), Leroy Houston (Reds), Sekope Kepu (Bordeaux), Ben McCalman (Force), Sean McMahon (Rebels), Stephen Moore (Brumbies, capt), Dean Mumm (Waratahs), Wycliff Palu (Waratahs), David Pocock (Brumbies), Tatafu Polota-Nau (Waratahs), Rob Simmons (Reds), Scott Sio (Brumbies), Will Skelton (Waratahs), James Slipper (Reds), Toby Smith (Rebels).

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