Australia 'A' loaded with Wallabies for Japan tour
SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: Australia ‘A’ coach Jason Gilmore has confirmed a 34-man squad for the upcoming three-match tour against Japan XV in Japan.
Gilmore has named 12 capped Wallabies in the group plus current squad members Jock Campbell and Langi Gleeson for the tour which kicks off on October 1 in Tokyo.
The core of the group remains from the one that finished second in the Pacific Nations Cup with wins over Fiji and Tonga back in July.
In exciting news for Australian Rugby fans, fullback Tom Banks has recovered from a broken arm and will make his return to the field in the Land of the Rising Sun.
Fresh off the back of securing the Hospital Cup for Wests, Filipo Daugunu and Seru Uru have both been named, the latter named Man of the Match in the Queensland club rugby decider.
Speedster Mark Nawaqanitawase re-joins the group after being part of the Australia Sevens Commonwealth Games campaign in Birmingham.
New Waratahs signing and promising schoolboy, Max Jorgensen has been named in the squad as a development player.
The tour provides an opportunity for those to push their Test cases ahead of the Wallabies End of Year Tour and gain invaluable experience and game time against International opposition.
Australia ‘A’ coach Jason Gilmore said: “It’s great to have these three matches coming up to continue the development and give our players more game time against high-level international opposition.”
“With Dave Rennie’s guidance, we’ve picked the best possible players who are available and everyone’s really excited to put the work in on the training paddock and perform well over in Japan.”
Australia ‘A’ squad for Japan Tour:
Australia ‘A’ vs Japan XV Tour:
Saturday, October 1, at Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium in Tokyo
Saturday, October 8, at Best Denki Stadium in Fukuoka
Friday, October 14, at Yodoko Sakura Stadium in Osaka