Saturday 16 December 2017 / 11:52 PM

KOROIBETE INCLUDED IN WALLABIES’ TOUR SQUAD

The Wallabies have named three new caps in their 32-strong squad for a gruelling five-Test spring tour, headlined by rugby league convert Marika Koroibete.

Fiji-born Koroibete, who was snapped up by the Melbourne Rebels for 2017, played in the NRL grand final for the Melbourne Storm earlier this month, but is already into the national side despite not having played a professional match of rugby union in Australia.

Waratahs hooker Tolu Latu – in for injured veteran Tatafu Polota-Nau – and new Brumbies back Kyle Godwin are the other two newcomers.

Notable omissions include Luke Morahan, Leroy Houston and Sam Carter, who have all played Test rugby for Australia in 2016. Reds No.2 Andrew Ready was also unlucky to miss out in favour of Latu.

Boom centre Samu Kerevi was ruled out, requiring surgery for an ankle injury suffered in Saturday’s 37-10 loss to the All Blacks at Eden Park.

The Wallabies’ tour kicks off on November 5 against Wales at Millennium Stadium, before taking on Scotland, France, Ireland and England on the ensuing four weekends.

Wallabies 32-man squad for 2016 Spring Tour

Allan Alaalatoa (5 Tests)
Rory Arnold (6 Tests)
Adam Coleman (7 Tests)
Quade Cooper (64 Tests)
Kane Douglas (28 Tests)
Scott Fardy (37 Tests)
Israel Folau (48 Tests)
Bernard Foley (37 Tests)
Nick Frisby (3 Tests)
Will Genia (72 Tests)
Kyle Godwin*
James Hanson (12 Tests)
Dane Haylett-Petty (10 Tests)
Reece Hodge (6 Tests)
Michael Hooper (61 Tests)
Sekope Kepu (73 Tests)
Marika Koroibete*
Tevita Kuridrani (40 Tests)
Tolu Latu*
Sean McMahon (12 Tests)
Stephen Moore (c) (112 Tests)
Dean Mumm (53 Tests)
Sefanaia Naivalu (2 Tests)
Nick Phipps (48 Tests)
David Pocock (61 Tests)
Tom Robertson (4 Tests)
Rob Simmons (66 Tests)
Scott Sio (25 Tests)
Will Skelton (16 Tests)
Henry Speight (6 Tests)
James Slipper (82 Tests)
Lopeti Timani (3 Tests)

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