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Test Match: Cheika annuncia i Wallabies per il tour “primaverile” in Giappone e Home Nations

Creato il 29 ottobre 2017 da Soloteo1980 @soloteo1980
Test Match: Cheika annuncia i Wallabies per il tour “primaverile” in Giappone e Home Nations

Michael Cheika, head coach dei Wallabies, ha annunciato i nomi dei 32 convocati per il tour primaverile dell'Australia in Giappone e Home Nations.

Tre infortuni hanno escluso Jack Dempsey, Jermaine Ainsley e il seconda linea Rory Arnold, spalancando le porte per la selezione a Matt Philip e Blake Enever, che hanno impressionato durante le gare giocate in National Rugby Championship con i loro club, Perth Spirit e Canberra Vikings.

Ben McCalman si è invece garantito il posto in squadra con la performance messa in campo nei 55 minuti giocati nel test contro i Barbarians (che i Wallabies hanno vinto 31-28); ci sono sei uncapped in squadra - di cui due development players che Cheika ha scelto di portarsi in tour - e un'età media di 25 anni, un dato che fa impressione - in positivo. Michael Hooper è stato confermato capitano del gruppo.

" Lukhan (Tui) won't be available for the first two games of the tour because of his hamstring but we feel he will be ready for games three and four so it's worth bringing him. I wanted to give to the opportunity to two new younger guys (at lock) who have had good Super Rugby seasons, and I think Matt Philip has improved out of sight from game one to the final round, " ha detto Cheika al sito ufficiale della federazione australiana.

" Rory (Arnold) has a tear in his muscle and it's come away from the quad so he will have an operation to fix that and he will be out for about four to five weeks. Jack has torn two tendons in his hamstring so he will have an operation to re-attach those and it's a three to four month return so he will be back next year for Super Rugby. We'll be looking to pick our best side for every Test of the tour. These are important matches and we want to be build a consistent, winning mindset and that's something we want to pass onto next year's team, " ha chiuso Cheika.

I Wallabies apriranno il loro tour sabato 4 novembre a Yokohama contro il Giappone, sfidando i Brave Blossoms per la prima volta a casa loro, prima di spostarsi in Europa per affrontare Galles e Inghilterra e chiudere il Tour al BT Murrayfield contro la Scozia.

2017 Spring Tour
Japan v Qantas Wallabies at International Stadium, Yokohama, 4th November 4.40pm AEDT
Wales v Qantas Wallabies at Millennium Stadium, Wales, 12th November 4.15am AEDT
England v Qantas Wallabies at Twickenham, London, 19th November, 2.00am AEDT
Scotland v Qantas Wallabies at Murrayfield, Edinburgh, 26th November, 1.30am AEDT

Avanti
Allan Alaalatoa (19 Tests, Canberra Vikings, 23)
Adam Coleman (18 Tests, Perth Spirit, 26)
Blake Enever* (uncapped, Canberra Vikings, 26)
Tetera Faulkner (3 Tests, Perth Spirit, 29)
Ned Hanigan (9 Tests, NSW Country Eagles, 22)
Michael Hooper (c) (75 Tests, Sydney Rays, 26)
Sekope Kepu (87 Tests, NSW Country Eagles, 31)
Ben McCalman (49 Tests, Perth Spirit, 29)
Sean McMahon (22 Tests, Melbourne Rising, 23)
Stephen Moore (125 Tests, Queensland Country, 34)
Matt Philip* (uncapped, Perth Spirit, 23)
Tatafu Polota-Nau (78 Tests, Perth Spirit, 32)
Tom Robertson (15 Tests, NSW Country Eagles, 23)
Rob Simmons (78 Tests, Queensland Country, 28)
Scott Sio (39 Tests, Canberra Vikings, 26)
Lopeti Timani (9 Tests, Melbourne Rising, 27)
Lukhan Tui (3 Tests, Brisbane City, 21)
Jordan Uelese (2 Tests, Melbourne Rising, 20)

Trequarti
Kurtley Beale (67 Tests, NSW Country Eagles, 28)
Bernard Foley (vc) (52 Tests, NSW Country Eagles, 28)
Will Genia (vc) (85 Tests, Melbourne Rising, 29)
Reece Hodge (20 Tests, Melbourne Rising, 23)
Karmichael Hunt (3 Tests, Brisbane City, 30)
Samu Kerevi (14 Tests, Brisbane City, 24)
Marika Koroibete (4 Tests, Melbourne Rising, 25)
Tevita Kuridrani (54 Tests, Canberra Vikings, 26)
Billy Meakes* (uncapped, Perth Spirit, 26)
Izaia Perese* (uncapped, Queensland Country, 20)
Nick Phipps (58 Tests, Greater Sydney Rams, 28)
Joe Powell (2 Tests, Canberra Vikings, 23)
Curtis Rona (2 Tests, Perth Spirit, 25)
Henry Speight (17 Tests, Canberra Vikings, 29)

Development Players
Jack Maddocks* (uncapped, Melbourne Rising, 20)
Liam Wright* (uncapped, Queensland Country, 19)
*uncapped player
Tra parentesi, in ordine: Test caps, club di NRC ed età


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