Wallabies squad named to play South Africa

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Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has confirmed a 35-man squad for the upcoming eToro Rugby Championship fixtures against South Africa in Adelaide and Sydney.

There are a number of players returning to the group who were unavailable for the side’s most recent Tests against Argentina.

Winger Andrew Kellaway and props Angus Bell and Scott Sio have recovered from injury, while Allan Alaalatoa, Hunter Paisami and David Porecki all return after leaving the Argentina Tour early for personal and injury reasons.

Young gun NSW Waratahs backrower Langi Gleeson has been named in his first ever national squad after strong performances at both Super Rugby level and for Australia A in the Pacific Nations Cup.

Queensland Reds fullback Jock Campbell is the only other uncapped player in the squad alongside Gleeson.

71-Test flyhalf Bernard Foley is the other new face added to the group, his first time in a national set up since the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

After making their debuts in Argentina, forwards Jed Holloway and Pone Fa’amausili will be looking to add to their Test experience on home soil.

The team will assemble on the Gold Coast on Sunday ahead of their Test against the world champion Springboks in Adelaide on August 27. The Test is part of a double header that will also see the Wallaroos taking on the Black Ferns.

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie said: “After a tough two weeks in Argentina we’re extremely pleased to be able to welcome a few men back into the mob.”

“To have their experience on deck will be invaluable in what’s going to be a massive challenge coming up against South Africa two weeks in a row.

“We know that respect is earned daily and we’ll be doing everything we can to ensure we put in performances that are worthy of that respect in Adelaide and Sydney.”

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Squad summary

Total Test caps: 846

Average Test caps: 24

Average age: 26

Uncapped players: 2 (Jock Campbell, Langi Gleeson)

Most capped: James Slipper (119 Tests)

Youngest member: Langi Gleeson, 21

Oldest member: James Slipper, 33

Breakdown: Brumbies 13, Queensland Reds 8, NSW Waratahs 6, Melbourne Rebels 5, Overseas clubs 3

Wallabies squad for South Africa Tests (age, team, Tests played)

Allan Alaalatoa (28, Brumbies, 56 Tests)

Rory Arnold (32, TBC, 30 Tests)

Angus Bell (21, NSW Waratahs, 19 Tests)

Jock Campbell (27, Queensland Reds, uncapped)

Pone Fa’amausili (25, Melbourne Rebels, 1 Test)

Folau Fainga’a (27, Brumbies, 29 Tests)

Lalakai Foketi (27, NSW Waratahs, 2 Tests)

Bernard Foley (32, Kubota Spears, 71 Tests)

Nick Frost (22, Brumbies, 4 Tests)

Langi Gleeson (21, NSW Waratahs, uncapped)

Jake Gordon (29, NSW Waratahs, 13 Tests)

Reece Hodge (27, Melbourne Rebels, 57 Tests)

Jed Holloway (29, NSW Waratahs, 2 Tests)

Len Ikitau (23, Brumbies, 17 Tests)

Andrew Kellaway (26, Melbourne Rebels, 14 Tests)

Marika Koroibete (30, Saitama Wild Knights, 47 Tests)

Rob Leota (25, Melbourne Rebels, 10 Tests)

Noah Lolesio (22, Brumbies, 12 Tests)

Lachlan Lonergan (22, Brumbies, 6 Tests)

Tate McDermott (23, Queensland Reds, 17 Tests)

Fraser McReight (23, Queensland Reds, 4 Tests)

Hunter Paisami (24, Queensland Reds, 18 Tests)

Jordan Petaia (22, Queensland Reds, 20 Tests)

Matt Philip (28, Melbourne Rebels, 24 Tests)

David Porecki (29, NSW Waratahs, 3 Tests)

Pete Samu (30, Brumbies, 24 Tests)

Scott Sio (30, Brumbies, 71 Tests)

James Slipper (33, Brumbies, 119 Tests)

Darcy Swain (25, Brumbies, 13 Tests)

Taniela Tupou (26, Queensland Reds, 42 Tests)

Rob Valetini (23, Brumbies, 23 Tests)

Suliasi Vunivalu (26, Queensland Reds, 1 Test)

Nic White (32, Brumbies, 52 Tests)

Harry Wilson (22, Queensland Reds, 11 Tests)

Tom Wright (25, Brumbies, 14 Tests)

2022 eToro Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup Fixtures

Wallabies 41 defeated Argentina 26, Sunday 7 August at Estadio Malvinas, Mendoza

Wallabies 17 defeated by Argentina 48, Sunday 13 August at Estadio del Bicentenario, San Juan

Wallabies v South Africa, Saturday 27 August, 3:00pm ACST at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide

Wallabies v South Africa, Saturday 3 September, 7:30pm AEST at Allianz Stadium, Sydney

Wallabies v New Zealand, Thursday 15 September, 7:45pm AEST at Marvel Stadium, Melbourne

Wallabies v New Zealand, Saturday 24 September, 5:05pm AEST at Eden Park, Auckland

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