Michael Cheika had named a 39 man squad for the test series against England.
When Michael Cheika originally named a 39 man squad for Australia’s upcoming three match series against England, he did so with the intention of cutting it’s size after overseeing the Wallabies first training sessions.
Although few surprise inclusions were expected, Matt Giteau’s exclusion and Kurtley Beale’s injury created an opening at inside centre.
While the Australian media have called on Cheika to pair Israel Folau and Tevita Kuridrani in midfield, the Wallabies coach seems to be toying with the idea of maintaining a creative presence, after selecting, Reece Hodge, Karmichael Hunt and Christian Lealiifano in his shortened squad.
Nevertheless, Reece Hodge’s continued presence in Cheika’s squad does come as a surprise, as the 21 year old has only made 9 appearances for the Melbourne Rebels since making his debut against the Western Force earlier this season.
Despite the fact that Cheika convinced Leroy Houston to leave Bath and return to the Queensland Reds, the big number eight has been cut from the squad along with Toulon bound Liam Gill, James Hanson, Adam Coleman, Eto Nabuli and Joe Powell.
33 man Australian squad for three test series with England:
Alan Alaalatoa (Brumbies)
Rory Arnold (Brumbies)
Sam Carter (Brumbies)
Scott Fardy (Brumbies)
Israel Folau (NSW Waratahs)
Bernard Foley (NSW Waratahs)
Nick Frisby (Queensland Reds)
Dane Haylett-Petty (Western Force)
Reece Hodge (Melbourne Rebels)
Greg Holmes (Queensland Reds)
Michael Hooper (NSW Waratahs)
Rob Horne (NSW Waratahs)
James Horwill (Harlequins)
Karmichael Hunt (Queensland Reds)
Sekope Kepu (NSW Waratahs)
Samu Kerevi (Queensland Reds)
Tevita Kuridrani (Brumbies)
Christian Lealiifano (Brumbies)
Ben McCalman (Western Force)
Sean McMahon (Melbourne Rebels)
Stephen Moore (Brumbies)
Luke Morahan (Western Force)
Dean Mumm (NSW Waratahs)
Taqele Naiyaravoro (NSW Waratahs)
Wycliff Palu (NSW Waratahs)
Nick Phipps (NSW Waratahs)
David Pocock (Brumbies)
Tatafu Polota-Nau (NSW Waratahs)
Rob Simmons (Queensland Reds)
Scott Sio (Brumbies)
Will Skelton (NSW Waratahs)
James Slipper (Queensland Reds)
Toby Smith (Melbourne Rebels)
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena
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