Wallabies bolster squad ahead of France clash

2016-11-14 08:31
Michael Cheika (Getty Images)

Sydney - Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has bolstered his touring party with eight new players ahead of this weekend's Test against France, the Australian Rugby Union said Monday.

Among the additions are three uncapped players - utility back Jono Lance, scrumhalf Nic Stirzaker and hooker Andrew Ready.

They join props Toby Smith and Paddy Ryan, wingers Taqele Naiyaravoro and Luke Morahan, and lock Sam Carter.

All except Lance have been playing for the Barbarians in their recent games across Europe against South Africa, Czech Republic and Fiji.

"We had always planned to bring in these players for the France week after the seven lads wrapped up with the Barbarians," Cheika said.

"Five of the players have Test experience for the Wallabies and while it's good to bolster our numbers ahead of the Wallaby XV game against the French Barbarians, we may consider them for selection against France this weekend."

The Wallabies face France at Stade de France on Saturday before a Wallaby XV take on a French Barbarians side in Bordeaux on November 24.

Australia finish off their European tour with Tests against Ireland in Dublin on November 27 and England at Twickenham a week later. They have already beaten Scotland and Wales.

Read more on:    wallabies  |  michael cheika  |  rugby

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Who would you like to see Springbok coach Allister Coetzee name as his skipper for the upcoming France Test series?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.