Brumbies halfback handed captaincy duties for Australia A
The side is set to play in Suva this Saturday at 11am (AEST) with Fijian-born Seru Uru returning home for his being named in the second row alongside Ryan Smith.
“I’ve been extremely impressed with Ryan’s ability to lead his Brumbies side over their successful Super Rugby Pacific campaign,” said Gilmore. “He’s certainly the right man for the job and pairing him in front of two already proven leaders in McReight and Hodge as vice-captains builds us a pretty inspiring leadership group.
“We’ve had to make some extremely tough decisions leading up to game one with many players missing out on a jersey that certainly deserves it. It just shows the extraordinary level of depth we currently have in Australian Rugby and I think this competition will only yield successful results for the program.
“I think there are a lot of players who have a point to prove in this side and it’s going to be interesting to see how they play when they get the opportunity this Saturday.”
Australia A will kick off their campaign against Samoa at 11:00am (AEST) prior to the Wallabies kicking off against England in their first match of the July series in Perth at 5:55 pm (AWST).
Australia A: Reece Hodge, Mark Nawaqanitawase, Lalakai Foketi, Hamish Stewart, Jock Campbell, Tane Edmed, Ryan Lonergan (c), Will Harris, Fraser McReight, Tim Anstee, Ryan Smith, Seru Uru, Tom Robertson, Billy Pollard, Matt Gibbon. Reserves: Feleti Kaitu’u, Harry Hoopert, Archer Holz, Hugh Sinclair, Langi Gleeson, James Tuttle, Hudson Creighton, Dylan Pietsch.
– with Rugby Australia
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