Aussies reload for Euro tour

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

WAL­LA­BIES coach Michael Cheika in­cluded three un­capped play­ers in a 32-man squad for their Euro­pean tour yes­ter­day as they look to bounce back from an­other de­mor­al­is­ing de­feat to the dom­i­nant All Blacks.

Fresh from un­leash­ing a ti­rade against New Zealand for a per­ceived lack of re­spect af­ter their 37-10 win in Auck­land on Satur­day, Cheika named Marika Koroi­bete, Tolu Latu and Kyle God­win as po­ten­tial debu­tants.

Aus­tralia face Wales, Scotland, France, Ire­land and Eng­land on their north­ern hemi­sphere jaunt, with the first Test against the Welsh at Mil­len­nium Sta­dium on Novem­ber 6 – the Wal­la­bies’ 600th.

Flanker Dean Mumm will miss the game af­ter be­ing been sus­pended for one match af­ter strik­ing All Blacks lock Brodie Re­tal­lick in the Oc­to­ber 22 Test, where Cheika re­fused to con­grat­u­late New Zealand on post­ing a world-record 18th con­sec­u­tive vic­tory.

Cheika, who took of­fence at be­ing por­trayed as a clown in a New Zealand news­pa­per car­toon, is also with­out pow­er­ful cen­tre Samu Kerevi, who has been ruled out of the en­tire tour with an an­kle in­jury that needed surgery.

That opens the door again for Te­vita Kuridrani in the start­ing 13, af­ter Kerevi over­took him in the peck­ing or­der.

Aside from rugby league con­vert Koroi­bete, hooker Latu and util­ity player God­win, there were no real sur­prises in the squad skip­pered by Stephen Moore.

Half­back Will Ge­nia will join the team af­ter be­ing re­leased by his French club Stade Fran­cais for a po­ten­tial Test re­call as the tour comes in­side World Rugby’s in­ter­na­tional win­dow.

The trip rep­re­sents just the third full Grand Slam tour of the United King­dom and Ire­land for the Wal­la­bies since the suc­cess of the 1984 side led by An­drew Slack. They de­part on Oc­to­ber 28. –

Photo: AFP

Aus­tralian rugby cap­tain Stephen Moore takes part in a train­ing ses­sion in Syd­ney on Oc­to­ber 18.

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