Rennie names six new faces for England battle but leaves out big names in shock twist


Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has named six uncapped players but left out some big names in a squad of 35 to prepare for the three-Test series against England next mont.

Reece Hodge, Izack Rodda and Fraser McReight were among the casualties.

Four players will feature in their first Test squads, including high profile NRL convert Suliasi Vunivalu.

Waratahs duo Jed Holloway and David Porcecki have been named after impressive Super Rugby displays while Brumbies lock Cadeyrn Neville is named for the first time at 33.

Tighthead prop Pone Fa’amausili and Brumbies second rower Nick Frost are the other two uncapped players selected by Rennie.

Tom Banks has been named despite his decision to leave for Japan, with no place for Queensland fullback Jock Campbell.

Queensland No.7 McReight, one of the standout players of SRP misses out with other notable exclusions from Rennie’s 40-man squad earlier this year including Rebels fullback Hodge, a player Rennie has praised for his versatility, and Force lock Rodda, who has had foot injury but said last week he was expecting to be fit for the first Test.

Waratahs Ben Donaldson, Lalakai Foketi and Harry Johnson-Holmes have also missed out.

Rennie will also name a 30-man Australia A squad on Wednesday to play in the Pacific Nations Cup on the same days the Wallabies face England.

Japanese-based trio Quade Cooper, Marika Koroibete and Samu Kerevi are the three overseas selections, as flagged by Rennie midweek..

The squad features 15 Brumbies, seven Queensland Reds, six Waratahs, four Melbourne Rebels and three from Japanese-based clubs.

The Wallabies will assemble on the Sunshine Coast from Thursday with games on July 2, 9 and 16.

Rennie said in a statement: “The core of this squad is a group who have performed strongly for us over the last two seasons, while strong form in Super Rugby Pacific has been rewarded with a handful of new faces.

“The past two years have allowed us to build strong foundations as a group but there’s no doubt that we have a lot more in us.

“We’re looking forward to working hard and preparing as a group to put in performances that make our supporters proud against England next month.”

Wallabies camp squad (age, team, Tests played)
Allan Alaalatoa (28, Brumbies, 53 Tests)
Tom Banks (27, Brumbies, 19 Tests)
Angus Bell (21, NSW Waratahs, 16 Tests)
Quade Cooper (34, Kintetsu Liners, 75 Tests)
Pone Fa’amausili (25, Melbourne Rebels, uncapped)
Folau Fainga’a (27, Brumbies, 25 Tests)
Nick Frost (22, Brumbies, uncapped)
Jake Gordon (28, NSW Waratahs, 10 Tests)
Michael Hooper (c) (30, NSW Waratahs, 118 Tests)
Jed Holloway (29, NSW Waratahs, uncapped)
Len Ikitau (23, Brumbies, 13 Tests)
Andrew Kellaway (26, Melbourne Rebels, 13 Tests)
Samu Kerevi (28, Suntory Sungoliath, 38 Tests)
Marika Koroibete (29, Saitama Wild Knights, 42 Tests)
Rob Leota (25, Melbourne Rebels, 6 Tests)
Noah Lolesio (22, Brumbies, 9 Tests)
Lachlan Lonergan (22, Brumbies, 4 Tests)
Tate McDermott (23, Queensland Reds, 15 Tests)
Cadeyrn Neville (33, Brumbies, uncapped)
James O’Connor (31, Queensland Reds, 61 Tests)
Hunter Paisami (24, Queensland Reds, 15 Tests)
Izaia Perese (25, NSW Waratahs, 2 Tests)
Jordan Petaia (22, Queensland Reds, 16 Tests)
Matt Philip (28, Melbourne Rebels, 20 Tests)
David Porecki (29, NSW Waratahs, uncapped)
Pete Samu (30, Brumbies, 19 Tests)
Scott Sio (30, Brumbies, 69 Tests)
James Slipper (33, Brumbies, 114 Tests)
Darcy Swain (24, Brumbies, 10 Tests)
Taniela Tupou (26, Queensland Reds, 38 Tests)
Rob Valetini (23, Brumbies, 18 Tests)
Suliasi Vunivalu (26, Queensland Reds, uncapped)
Nic White (31, Brumbies, 47 Tests)
Harry Wilson (22, Queensland Reds, 10 Tests)
Tom Wright (24, Brumbies, 10 Tests)


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