Cheika sends trio packing

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 05:49
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SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: Wallabies trio Rory Arnold, Lopeti Timani and Izaia Perese have been sent home to get more game time in the National Rugby Championship.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has reduced the 32-man squad to 29 players for the clash in Mendoza next Sunday following Australia's 27-all draw with the Springboks last night in Bloemfontein.

Timani and Arnold will go head-to-head next weekend with Melbourne Rising to take on Canberra Vikings at Frankston Oval while Perese is set to run out at Bond University for Queensland Country in their clash with NSW Country Eagles.

Wallabies coach, Cheika said: "I want them to get a couple of games in the National Rugby Championship. They have all got NRC games next weekend and the week after before we come back in for the Bledisloe camp.

"Perese is killing it at training. That’s why I don’t just want him to stay here and train. He’s in a very competitive position and he’s got a great mindset and a great attitude. He’s coming along very nicely and I’m very happy with him but I want him to play footy. Wherever we can, we want them to play footy," Cheika said.

The Wallabies will arrive in Buenos Aires late on Sunday evening local time, before moving to Mendoza ahead of their final Rugby Championship clash with the Pumas at Estadio Malvinas Argentinas.

Australia tasted success on their last visit to Mendoza back in July 2015, after 14 points from the boot of Bernard Foley secured a 34-9 win.

The Wallabies are currently in third place on the Rugby Championship table, three points behind South Africa who face New Zealand in Cape Town this weekend.


Forwards: Allan Alaalatoa, Adam Coleman, Jack Dempsey, Tetera Faulkner, Ned Hanigan, Michael Hooper (captain), Sekope Kepu, Sean McMahon, Stephen Moore, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Tom Robertson, Izack Rodda, Rob Simmons,Scott Sio, Lukhan Tui,Jordan Uelese,

Backs: Kurtley Beale, Israel Folau, Bernard Foley, Will Genia, Reece Hodge, Samu Kerevi, Marika Koroibete, Tevita Kuridrani, Billy Meakes, Nick Phipps, Joe Powell, Curtis Rona, Henry Speight,

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