Cape Town - Veteran
scrumhalf Will Genia has squeezed Nick Frisby out of Wallabies head
coach Michael Cheika's 33-man squad for the upcoming Rugby Championship.
Genia, currently signed with Stade Français in Paris, has been
injured for much of the year but is on track for a Rugby Championship
outing and his first taste of rugby since January.
He is one of five Europe-based Wallabies in the trimmed squad, with
Quade Cooper, Matt Giteau, Adam Ashley-Cooper and Drew Mitchell also
included, though Cooper is returning to Australia for good.
Frisby had limited minutes in the June Test series, with Wallabies
coach Michael Cheika preferring to start Waratahs scrumhalf Nick Phipps
Wing Luke Morahan and prop Toby Smith are the others to have missed
out on a Rugby Championship shot after being involved in June.
Bolter Tom Robertson has been retained in the squad to head to Terrigal next week, ahead of the Bledisloe Cup opener.
Robertson was a revelation for the Waratahs this season and impressed
in the extended national squad in recent weeks, earning a retention for
The 21-year-old is one of four uncapped players in the squad, with
Rebels duo Reece Hodge and Lopeti Timani and Brumbies prop Allan
Alaalatoa making up the potential debutants.
The Wallabies play their first Bledisloe on August 20 in Sydney and
go in as major underdogs, after a disappointing Australian Super Rugby
Most of the squad has been together for two weeks now, with still two
left, giving the Wallabies a potentially handy buffer over their South
African and Kiwi counterparts, who both have teams in the Super Rugby
"We've probably introduced two or three things that we wanted to
bring in in this time of year and the boys have had a good opportunity
to reconnect," Cheika told the Australian Rugby Union's official
"Playing rugby at the highest level, which finals and semi-finals of
Super Rugby are, it's always an advantage too because they're in the
"If you look at the way we're setting ourselves up now, we're having
to do probably other things to replace that game practise around our
fitness training but it also gives us an opportunity to get to know our
style, reconnect with the style of game we want to play."
Wallabies Rugby Championship squad:
Allan Alaalatoa, Adam Coleman, Kane Douglas, Scott
Fardy, James Hanson, Michael Hooper, Sekope Kepu, Ben McCalman, Sean
McMahon, Stephen Moore (captain), Dean Mumm, David Pocock, Tatafu Polota-Nau,
Tom Robertson, Rob Simmons, Scott Sio, Will Skelton, James Slipper,
Adam Ashley-Cooper, Quade Cooper, Israel Folau, Bernard
Foley, Will Genia, Matt Giteau, Dane Haylett-Petty, Reece Hodge, Rob
Horne, Samu Kerevi, Tevita Kuridrani, Drew Mitchell, Nick Phipps, Matt