Michael Cheika changes two for Wallabies tour to South Africa and Argentina

Alex Broun 22/09/2018
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Angus Cottrell has been called up by the Wallabies

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has named two uncapped players in his 30-man squad to tour South Africa and Argentina over the next two weeks.

Melbourne Rebels flanker Angus Cottrell will join the Wallabies fold for the first time with the workhorse impressing during the Super Rugby season and in the opening rounds of the National Rugby Championship for the Melbourne Rising.

Uncapped scrumhalf Jake Gordon will also tour with Joe Powell to remain in Canberra to gain game time in the NRC for the Canberra Vikings while Tolu Latu will get vital match minutes for the NSW Country Eagles.

Meanwhile, backrower Pete Samu will miss the next four weeks after suffering a knee injury in the opening half against Argentina on the Gold Coast.

Also missing from the tour squad is Lukhan Tui who Cheika said was taking a break from rugby after his altercation with a fan after the Test against the Pumas on the Gold Coast.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika said: “There’s an opportunity presented to us now to get some good victories overseas and that’s going to come from consistency in the way that we play.

“We have got some news additions to the squad and these guys have shown plenty of grit and determination to get an opportunity at a higher level so now we’re looking for them to add that to the mix.

“We’re very determined to make sure that we repay the faith and show people what we’re about in the way we play,” Cheika said.

The Wallabies will square off against South Africa at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth next Saturday (19:00 UAE time) before flying to Argentina to face the Pumas in Salta the following weekend.

Wallabies 30-man squad for Rugby Championship tour of South Africa and Argentina

(Test caps, Vodafone Super Rugby side and age)

Forwards

Allan Alaalatoa (27 Tests, Brumbies, 24)

Rory Arnold (17 Tests , Brumbies, 28)

Adam Coleman (26 Tests, Melbourne Rebels, 26)

Angus Cottrell* (uncapped, Melbourne Rebels, 28)

Folau Fainga’a (3 Tests, Brumbies, 23)

Ned Hanigan (15 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 23)

Michael Hooper (c) (85 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 26)

Sekope Kepu (97 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 32)

Brandon Paenga-Amosa (3 Tests, Queensland Reds, 22)

David Pocock (72 Tests, Brumbies, 30)

Tatafu Polota-Nau (86 Tests, Leicester, 33)

Tom Robertson (24 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 24)

Izack Rodda (11 Tests, Queensland Reds, 22)

Rob Simmons (89 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 29)

Scott Sio (49 Tests, Brumbies, 26)

Caleb Timu (2 Tests, Queensland Reds, 24)

Taniela Tupou (6 Tests, Queensland Reds, 22)

Backs

Tom Banks (2 Tests, Brumbies, 24)

Kurtley Beale (78 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 29)

Israel Folau (67 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 29)

Bernard Foley (62 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 28)

Will Genia (94 Tests, Melbourne Rebels, 30)

Jake Gordon* (uncapped, NSW Waratahs, 25)

Dane Haylett-Petty (25 Tests, Melbourne Rebels, 29)

Reece Hodge (31 Tests, Melbourne Rebels, 23)

Marika Koroibete (15 Tests, Melbourne Rebels, 26)

Jack Maddocks (4 Tests, Melbourne Rebels, 21)

Sefa Naivalu (7 Tests, Melbourne Rebels, 26)

Nick Phipps (67 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 29)

Matt Toomua (37 Tests, Leicester/Melbourne Rebels, 28)

*denotes uncapped

Rugby Championship (Results and Fixtures)

Wallabies 13 v New Zealand 38 at ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Saturday August 18

New Zealand 40 v Wallabies 12 at Eden Park, Auckland, Saturday August 25

Wallabies 23 v South Africa 18 at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Saturday September 8

Wallabies 19 v Argentina 23 at Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast, Saturday September 15

South Africa v Wallabies at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth, Saturday  September 29 17.05 UAE Time

Argentina v Wallabies at Padre Ernesto Martearena Stadium, Salta, Sunday 7 October 03.40am UAE Time

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John Mitchell is joining England.

England have appointed John Mitchell as their defence coach until the end of next year’s Rugby World Cup.

Mitchell has been recruited from his role at Super Rugby team the Bulls and starts work this month ahead of the autumn series against South Africa, New Zealand, Japan and Australia.

The former All Blacks head coach fills the position vacated by Paul Gustard, who left Eddie Jones’ management team to become Harlequins boss after the June series against the Springboks.

A fee in the region of £200,000 has been paid to the Bulls as compensation and in a further development, Scott Wisemantel will be retained as attack coach for a critical series at Twickenham.

“Defence is a key pillar of our game and John is an experienced coach,” Jones said.

“He’s coached the All Blacks, USA Rugby and a number of Super Rugby sides so he will bring a wealth of experience and add to the coaching mix we have here.”

It is the second time Mitchell has served as England assistant coach having worked under Sir Clive Woodward for 33 Tests from 1997 to 2000.

The well travelled 54-year-old, who has also worked in the Gallagher Premiership at Wasps and Sale, took the All Blacks job in 2001 to oversee a run of 23 wins from 28 Tests that ended after a semi-final exit from the 2003 World Cup.

“This is an exciting opportunity to work with England Rugby and support Eddie Jones as head coach,” said Mitchell, whose extensive CV includes a spell in charge of the USA Eagles.

“I will be joining an elite high-performance programme, Test team and coaching group where I will use all my experience and focus to bring the necessary clarity and confidence to the players from a defensive perspective.”

Wisemantel’s appointment for the summer tour to South Africa was deemed a success due to England’s breathless attacking play in the first two Tests, although both games ended in defeat.

The 48-year-old Australian, who was recently backs coach for Top 14 club Montpellier, was involved in the 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cups with Samoa and Japan respectively.

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