Sydney - A host of new faces were called up by Wallabies
coach Michael Cheika on Wednesday for a training squad ahead of their clash
with New Zealand, but Quade Cooper and Scott Higginbotham were left out.
Cheika selected 38 players from the Reds, Force, Waratahs
and Rebels, with the Super Rugby finals-bound Brumbies excluded.
They included first-timers Jermaine Ainsley, Sef Fa'agase,
Adam Korczyk, Izack Rodda, Taniela Tupou, Jordan Uelese, Marika Koroibete,
Campbell Magnay, Billy Meakes, Izaia Perese and Curtis Rona.
Kurtley Beale is back in the frame for the first time since
the 2015 World Cup, but there was no room for fly-half Cooper (70 Tests) or No
8 Higginbotham (34 Tests) in a sign that their international careers could be
"We have a lot of work to get done between now and
August 19 when we play New Zealand in Sydney," said Cheika.
"That work started in June, we tried to maintain some
of that throughout the last rounds of Super Rugby and now we start to take it
up a level."
The extended squad will head into a week-long strength and
conditioning camp initially with the numbers slimmed down closer to the Test
"We want all of these guys to be very clear on what the
trademarks are of the Wallabies game and then be equipped and ready to deliver
it when asked to enter the arena for Australia," Cheika added.
"That is what our objective will be over the next
couple of weeks and I can't wait to get stuck into it."
Australia squad: Jermaine Ainsley, Adam Coleman, Pek Cowan, Jack Dempsey, Kane Douglas, Sef Fa'agase, Tetera Faulkner, Ned Hanigan, Richard Hardwick, Michael Hooper, Sekope Kepu, Adam Korczyk, Tolu Latu, Sean McMahon, Stephen Moore (capt), Tatafu Polota-Nau, Tom Robertson, Izack Rodda, Rob Simmons, Lopeti Timani, Taniela Tupou, Jordan Uelese. Backs: Kurtley Beale, Israel Folau, Bernard Foley, Will Genia, Dane Haylett-Petty, Reece Hodge, Karmichael Hunt, Samu Kerevi, Marika Koroibete, Campbell Magnay, Billy Meakes, Eto Nabuli, Sefa Naivalu, Izaia Perese, Nick Phipps, Curtis Rona