Australia coach Dave Rennie has selected 35 players for the Summer Tour against England next month. Among them, the treiziste Suliasi Vunivalu and the ghost Quade Cooper.
On July 2, 9 and 16, Australia will face England on three occasions as part of the Summer Tour, with matches scheduled in Perth, Brisbane and Sydney. For this first Summer Tour since 2019 (the last two have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic), Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has selected a group of 35 players, including six newcomers: Suliasi Vunivalu, Jed Holloway, Dave Porecki, Caderyn Neville, Pone Fa’amausili and Nick Frost. Vunivalu (26) is the attraction of this list, since he was a rugby league player, who also represented Fiji at XIII, but who since last year has been playing in the Queensland Reds franchise in Great Rugby. In addition, in this 35-year-old list, three players playing in Japan are returning, as expected: opener Quade Cooper, center Samu Kerevi and winger Marika Karoibete.
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“The core of this team is a group that has performed very well for us over the past two seasons, while the solid form of some in Super Rugby Pacific has been rewarded with a first call-up. The last two years have allowed us to build solid foundations as a group but there is no doubt that we have much more in us.. We look forward to working hard and preparing as a group to put in a performance that will make our supporters proud against England next month. “said the coach. Currently sixth in the World Rugby rankings, Australia had lost their three matches in Europe during the last Autumn Tour, in Scotland, England and Wales.
The Australian group: Allan Alaalatoa, Tom Banks, Angus Bell, Quade Cooper, Pone Fa’amausili, Folau Fainga’a, Nick Frost, Jake Gordon, Michael Hooper (cap), Jed Holloway, Len Ikitau, Andrew Kellaway, Samu Kerevi, Marika Koroibete, Rob Leota, Noah Lolesio, Lachlan Lonergan, Tate McDermott, Cadeyrn Neville, James O’Connor, Hunter Paisami, Izaia Perese, Jordan Petaia, Matt Philip, David Porecki, Pete Samu, Scott Sio, James Slipper, Darcy Swain, Taniela Tupou, Rob Valetini, Suliasi Vunivalu, Nic White, Harry Wilson, Tom Wright.
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