Rugby: Wallabies side named for 1st Bledisloe clash

Ewen McKenzie has named the following line up to take on the All Blacks this weekend:

1. James Slipper (vc – Queensland Reds)
2. Nathan Charles (Western Force)
3. Sekope Kepu (NSW Waratahs)
4. Sam Carter (ACT Brumbies)
5. Rob Simmons (Queensland Reds)
6. Scott Fardy (ACT Brumbies)
7. Michael Hooper (c – NSW Waratahs)
8. Wycliff Palu (NSW Waratahs)
9. Nic White (ACT Brumbies)
10. Kurtley Beale (NSW Waratahs)
11. Rob Horne (NSW Waratahs)
12. Matt Toomua (ACT Brumbies)
13. Adam Ashley-Cooper (vc – NSW Waratahs)
14. Pat McCabe (ACT Brumbies)
15. Israel Folau (NSW Waratahs)

Reserves*

James Hanson (Queensland Reds)
Pek Cowan (Western Force)
Ben Alexander (ACT Brumbies)
Will Skelton (NSW Waratahs)
Ben McCalman (Western Force)
Scott Higginbotham (Melbourne Rebels)
Nick Phipps (NSW Waratahs)
Bernard Foley (NSW Waratahs)
Tevita Kuridrani (ACT Brumbies)

*one player to be omitted

Beale in ahead of Foley is a strange selection for mine whilst the selection of McCabe and Horne on the wings is an obvious pointer to the intent with wish McKenzie hopes his troops will play the game and obviously strengthens the team defensively.

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  1. Pingback: Why Michael Hooper and his men in Gold can upset the order and beat the All Blacks - GETREALRUGBY.COM

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