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Shock selections in Wallabies RWC 2023 squad

Wallabies coach Eddie Jones has made several huge calls as he announces the 33-player Wallabies squad for Rugby World Cup 2023 in France.

Co-captain Michael Hooper and Quade Cooper are among the exclusions, with Jones naming lock Will Skelton as captain.

Full Wallabies RWC 2023 squad:

Props (6)

  • Angus Bell (22, NSW Waratahs, Hunters Hill Rugby Club, 23 Tests)*
  • Pone Fa’amausili (26, Melbourne Rebels, Moorabbin Rams, 5 Tests) *
  • Zane Nonggorr (22, Queensland Reds, Gold Coast Eagles, 2 Tests)*
  • Blake Schoupp (23, ACT Brumbies, Woonona Shamrocks, uncapped)*
  • James Slipper (34, ACT Brumbies, Bond Pirates, 131 Tests)
  • Taniela Tupou (27, Queensland Reds, Brothers Rugby Club, 48 Tests)

Hookers (3)

  • Matt Faessler (24, Queensland Reds, USQ Saints, 1 Test)*
  • David Porecki (30, NSW Waratahs, Seaforth Raiders, 14 Tests)*
  • Jordan Uelese (26, Melbourne Rebels, Eltham Rugby Club, 18 Tests)

Locks (4)

  • Richie Arnold (33, Stade Toulousain, Gentlemen of Murwillumbah, 4 Tests)*
  • Nick Frost (23, ACT Brumbies, Hornsby Lions, 12 Tests) *
  • Matt Philip (29, Melbourne Rebels, Newport Juniors, 28 Tests)*
  • Will Skelton (c) (31, La Rochelle, Wentworth Magpies, 28 Tests)

Back Row (5)

  • Langi Gleeson (22, NSW Waratahs, Harbord Harlequins, 3 Tests)*
  • Tom Hooper (22, ACT Brumbies, Bathurst Bulldogs, 3 Tests)*
  • Rob Leota (26, Melbourne Rebels, Northern Panthers, 16 Tests)*
  • Fraser McReight (24, Queensland Reds, Albany Creek Brumbies, 12 Tests)*
  • Rob Valetini (24, ACT Brumbies, Melbourne Harlequins, 34 Tests)*

Scrumhalves (3)

  • Issak Fines-Leleiwasa (27, Western Force, Port Douglas Reef Raiders, uncapped)*
  • Tate McDermott (vc) (24, Queensland Reds, Flinders Rugby Club, 25 Tests)*
  • Nic White (33, ACT Brumbies, Muswellbrook Healers, 63 Tests)

Flyhalves (1)

  • Carter Gordon (22, Melbourne Rebels, Sunshine Coast Grammar School, 4 Tests)*

Centres (4)

  • Lalakai Foketi (28, NSW Waratahs, Manly Roos, 5 Tests)*
  • Samu Kerevi (29, Urayasu D-Rocks, Souths Magpies, 45 Tests)
  • Izaia Perese (26, NSW Waratahs, Easts Tigers, 5 Tests)*
  • Jordan Petaia (23, Queensland Reds, Wests Rugby Club, 27 Tests)

Outside Backs (5)

  • Max Jorgensen (18, NSW Waratahs, Balmain Wolves, uncapped)*
  • Andrew Kellaway (27, Melbourne Rebels, Hunters Hill Rugby Club, 23 Tests)*
  • Marika Koroibete (31, Saitama Wild Knights, Nasinu Secondary School, 55 Tests)
  • Mark Nawaqanitawase (22, NSW Waratahs, Wests Juniors, 6 Tests)*
  • Suliasi Vunivalu (27, Queensland Reds, Saint Kentigern College, 2 Tests)*

Utility (2)

  • Ben Donaldson (23, NSW Waratahs, Clovelly Eagles, 2 Tests)*
  • Josh Kemeny (24, Melbourne Rebels, Easts Rugby Club, 1 Test)*

*denotes first Rugby World Cup

Wallabies Rugby World Cup Fixtures

  • Wallabies v Georgia, 6:00pm CEST/2:00am AEST, Saturday 9 September at Stade de France, Paris
  • Wallabies v Fiji, 5:45pm CEST/1:45am AEST, Sunday 17 September at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Étienne
  • Wallabies v Wales, 9:00pm CEST/5:00am AEST, Sunday 24 September at OL Stadium, Lyon
  • Wallabies v Portugal, 5:45pm CEST/1:45am AEST, Sunday 1 October at Stade Geoffroy- Guichard, Saint-Étienne

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