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Uncapped Petaia Included In “Unpredictable” Wallabies WC Squad

Michael Cheika has included uncapped teenage sensation Jordan Petaia in his 31-man squad ahead of the World Cup in Japan.

The 19-year-old, who is the only uncapped player in the squad, had missed most of the Super Rugby season with a Lisfranc injury but still makes Cheika’s 31 and could be a wildcard for them in the tournament.

Petaia is very highly thought of by many in the game and should he feature for the Wallabies in Japan would become the youngest World Cup player in Australia history.

Speaking to the media as he announced his squad Cheika outlined that he wants his group of players to be ‘unpredictable’ when they take to the field in Japan.

“I’d say we’ll be a little bit unpredictable in Japan, that’s a bit of our theme this year,” he said.

“At the World Cup, every game is a grand final. And how you approach that– you don’t look any further down the road that what’s in front of you.”

The former Leinster boss also named veteran Adam Ashley-Cooper in the squad who despite missing most of the Rugby Championship will become just the second Wallaby behind George Gregan to play in a fourth consecutive World Cup.

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Giant lock Will Skelton does not make the cut while Cheika highlighted the potential unpredictability of the squad by naming just two half-backs for the second World Cup campaign in a row in Will Genia and Nic White.

Of the 31-man squad, 18 will be featuring in their first Rugby World Cup campaign while 13 have been there at least once before.



Allan Alaalatoa (34 Tests, Brumbies, 25)

Rory Arnold (22 Tests , Brumbies, 29)

Adam Coleman (33 Tests, Melbourne Rebels, 28)

Jack Dempsey (11 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 25)

Folau Fainga’a (11 Tests, Brumbies, 24)

Michael Hooper (c) (95 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 27)

Sekope Kepu (105 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 33)

Tolu Latu (15 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 26)

Isi Naisarani (4 Tests, Melbourne Rebels, 24)

David Pocock (77 Tests, Brumbies, 31)

Izack Rodda (21 Tests, Queensland Reds, 22)

Lukhan Salakaia-Loto (15 Tests, Queensland Reds, 23)

Rob Simmons (97 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 30)

Scott Sio (58 Tests, Brumbies, 27)

James Slipper (90 Tests, Brumbies, 30)

Taniela Tupou (15 Tests, Queensland Reds, 23)

Jordan Uelese (3 Tests, Melbourne Rebels, 22)


Adam Ashley-Cooper (118 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 35)

Kurtley Beale (87 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 30)

Bernard Foley (69 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 29)

Will Genia (104 Tests, Melbourne Rebels, 31)

Dane Haylett-Petty (32 Tests, Melbourne Rebels, 30)

Reece Hodge (37 Tests, Melbourne Rebels, 24)

Samu Kerevi (29 Tests, Queensland Reds, 25)

Marika Koroibete (23 Tests, Melbourne Rebels, 27)

Tevita Kuridrani (60 Tests, Brumbies, 28)

Christian Lealiifano (22 Tests, Brumbies, 31)

James O’Connor (47 Tests, Queensland Reds, 29)

Jordan Petaia (uncapped, Queensland Reds, 19)

Matt To’omua (46 Tests, Melbourne Rebels, 29)

Nic White (26 Tests, Rugby Australia, 29)


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