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The Wallabies’ 25-player RWC squad & our projected XV | Team Guide

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The Wallabies are now in full prep mode head of a World Cup campaign.

The new Eddie era certainly hasn’t been smooth sailing thus far; worryingly winless and squad selection controversies.

Coach Jones is looking to foster a youth movement at the major tournament in France.

Coach Eddie Jones, controversially ushered in at the start of the year at the expense of Dave Rennie, now has his hands on the steering wheel.

And the lead-up trip to the World Cup has been a bumpy one so far; no victories to reflect on through the Rugby Championship.

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Renewed optimism has quickly diminished and it’s led to some radical selections that completely shocked even the most dialled in experts.

Here’s the Wallabies’ Rugby World Cup squad.

BELOW: Wallabies squad, possible starting XV, upcoming games

Wallabies upcoming games

Match 1 | Australia vs Georgia | 2:00am AEST, Sep 10 – Stade de France, Saint-Denis (Paris)

Match 2 | Australia vs Fiji | 1:00am AEST, Sep 18 – Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Étienne (near Lyon)

Match 3 | Australia vs Wales | 5:00am AEST, Sep 25 – Parc Olimpique, Lyon

Match 4 | Australia vs Portugal | 2:45am, Oct 2 – Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Ètienne

New Wallabies kit, new All Blacks kit, 2023
Wallabies show off their primary jersey for the 2023 Rugby World Cup

Wallabies Potential Starting XV

  1. Angus Bell
  2. David Porecki
  3. Pone Fa’amausili
  4. Will Skelton (C)
  5. Nick Frost
  6. Tom Hooper
  7. Fraser McReight
  8. Rob Valetini
  9. Tate McDermott (VC)
  10. Carter Gordon
  11. Marika Koroibete
  12. Samu Kerevi
  13. Jordan Petaia
  14. Mark Nawaqanitawase
  15. Andrew Kellaway

Wallabies captain

C: Will Skelton

VC: Tate McDermott

After veterans Michael Hooper and James Slipper led the national group through the Rugby Championship, Jones made the shock announcement that 31-year-old Will Skelton will lead the Wallabies going forward.

Skelton’s not even in the Super Rugby set up — he plays for La Rochelle in the French Top 14. But he’s come along in leaps and bounds over there the last few years and has recently proved he’s a walk-up start at lock in this team. That’s not to say, though, that the captaincy selection wasn’t a shock.

Will Skelton will be the 87th captain of the Wallabies, supported by Queensland Reds scrum half Tate McDermott as his deputy.

Wallabies captain Will Skelton
Wallabies captain Will Skelton

Wallabies Full Rugby World Cup squad

After naming 34 active players ahead of the Rugby Championship, the World Cup squad features just 25 names.

*First Rugby World Cup

Props (6)

Angus Bell (22, Waratahs, 23 Tests)*

Pone Fa’amausili (26, Rebels, 5 Tests) *

Zane Nonggorr (22, Reds, 2 Tests)*

Blake Schoupp (23, Brumbies, uncapped)*

James Slipper (34, Brumbies, 131 Tests)

Taniela Tupou (27, Reds, 48 Tests)

Angus Bell image
Wallabies rising star prop Angus Bell breaks free

Hookers (3)

Matt Faessler (24, Reds, 1 Test)*

David Porecki (30, Waratahs, 14 Tests)*

Jordan Uelese (26, Rebels, 18 Tests)

Locks (4)

Richie Arnold (33, Stade Toulousain, 4 Tests)*

Nick Frost (23, Brumbies, 12 Tests)*

Matt Philip (29, Rebels, 28 Tests)*

Will Skelton (C) (31, La Rochelle, 28 Tests)

Back Row (5)

Langi Gleeson (22, Waratahs, 3 Tests)*

Tom Hooper (22, Brumbies, 3 Tests)*

Rob Leota (26, Rebels, 16 Tests)*

Fraser McReight (24, Reds, 12 Tests)*

Rob Valetini (24, Brumbies, 34 Tests)*

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Brumbies Allan Alaalatoa (left) and Rob Valetini (right). Alaalatoa’s season is sadly over (Achilles rupture).

Scrumhalves (3)

Issak Fines-Leleiwasa (27, Western Force, uncapped)*

Tate McDermott (VC) (24, Reds, 25 Tests)*

Nic White (33, Brumbies, 63 Tests)

Flyhalves (1)

Carter Gordon (22, Rebels, 4 Tests)*

Carter Gordon image
Melbourne Rebel Carter Gordon, in the midst of a breakout campaign, is the only genuine fly half in the group (utility Ben Donaldson will back him up).

Centres (4)

Lalakai Foketi (28, Waratahs, 5 Tests)*

Samu Kerevi (29, Urayasu D-Rocks, 45 Tests)

Izaia Perese (26, Waratahs, 5 Tests)*

Jordan Petaia (23, Reds, 27 Tests)

Outside Backs (5)

Max Jorgensen (18, Waratahs, uncapped)*

Andrew Kellaway (27, Rebels, 23 Tests)*

Marika Koroibete (31, Saitama Wild Knights, 55 Tests)

Mark Nawaqanitawase (22, Waratahs, 6 Tests)*

Suliasi Vunivalu (27, Reds, 2 Tests)*

Mark Nawaqanitawase
Breakout outside back Mark Nawaqanitawase

Utility (2)

Ben Donaldson (23, Waratahs, 2 Tests)*

Josh Kemeny (24, Rebels, 1 Test)*

Wallabies World Cup 1999
Australia last won the Rugby World Cup in 1999.
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