Eight Waratahs selected for Rugby World Cup


23/08/2019





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Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has confirmed his 31-man squad for the 2019 Rugby World, with eight NSW Waratahs heading to Japan.

The squad, captained by Michael Hooper, boasts 1406 caps of Test experience, 200 more than the squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Japan will be Hooper’s second appearance at Rugby’s showpiece with 18 players set for their Rugby World Cup debut.

Hooper will be joined by Sekope Kepu, Tolu Latu, Rob Simmons, Jack Dempsey, Bernard Foley, Kurtley Beale and Adam Ashley-Cooper.

Ashley-Cooper will play in his fourth Rugby World Cup, becoming just the second Wallaby to do so after George Gregan. The outside back has played in 17 Rugby World Cup matches, just five games behind all-time leaders Jason Leonard and Richie McCaw.

The Wallabies will now depart for an intensive 10-day training camp in New Caledonia later this afternoon before returning to Sydney to play Samoa at Bankwest Stadium on Saturday 7 September.

The Wallabies will play their opening match of Pool D against Fiji at Sapporo Dome, Sapporo on September 21, followed by Wales at Ajinomoto Stadium in Tokyo eight days later.

The Wallabies will then take on Uruguay and Georgia in Oita and Shizuoka on October 5 and October 11, respectively. The two highest-ranked teams at the end of the pool stage will advance to the Quarter Finals.

Foxtel will showcase every Rugby World Cup game LIVE across two dedicated channels with no ad-breaks during play and in 4K. All games will also be streamed LIVE and On Demand on Kayo Sports

Ten of the best matches, including every Wallabies match at the Rugby World Cup will also be LIVE and FREE on Network Ten.

Wallabies squad for 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan (Test caps, Vodafone Super Rugby side and age):

Forwards
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)*

Backs
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 Toomua (46 Tests, Melbourne Rebels, 29)
Nic White (26 Tests, Rugby Australia, 29)*
*Uncapped at a Rugby World Cup


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