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Cheika names Wallabies squad for Rugby Championship

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Cheika names Wallabies squad for Rugby Championship

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has named seven uncapped players in his squad for the 2017 Rugby Championship.

Melbourne Rebels and former NRL star Marika Koroibete is the rookie with the most likelihood of playing a major role in the upcoming competition.

However, Cheika had a pretty stern warning for at least one of his more experienced players:

“I think for Bernard Foley, I think it’s starting to drop for him finally that he’s a senior player in this team and he needs to be setting the standards around how he performs and also the accountability he has on his teammates too.

“He’s starting to find his voice a little bit more and I think it’s a nice fit for the captain, so he can work with guys who have got different experiences to him as well.”

Forwards: Allan Alaalatoa, 12 tests, Brumbies, Rory Arnold, 12, Brumbies, Adam Coleman, 12, Western Force, Jack Dempsey, 1, NSW Waratahs, Kane Douglas, 31, Queensland Reds, Tetera Faulkner, 2, Western Force, Ned Hanigan, 3, NSW Waratahs, Michael Hooper (c), 68, NSW Waratahs, Sekope Kepu, 80, NSW Waratahs, Adam Korczyk, new cap, Queensland Reds, Sean McMahon, 15, Melbourne Rebels, Stephen Moore, 120, Queensland Reds, Tatafu Polota-Nau, 71, Western Force, Tom Robertson, 9, NSW Waratahs, Izack Rodda, new cap, Queensland Reds, Rob Simmons, 71, Queensland Reds, Scott Sio, 32, Brumbies, Lopeti Timani, 7, Melbourne Rebels, Jordan Uelese, new cap, Melbourne Rebels

Backs: Kurtley Beale, 60, NSW Waratahs, Israel Folau, 55, NSW Waratahs, Bernard Foley (vc), 45, NSW Waratahs, Will Genia (vc), 78, Queensland Reds, Dane Haylett-Petty, 17, Western Force, Reece Hodge, 13, Melbourne Rebels, Samu Kerevi, 8, Queensland Reds, Marika Koroibete, new cap, Melbourne Rebels, Tevita Kuridrani, 47, Brumbies, Billy Meakes, new cap, Western Force, Izaia Perese, new cap, Queensland Reds, Nick Phipps, 52, NSW Waratahs, Joe Powell, 2, Brumbies, Curtis Rona, new cap, Western Force, Henry Speight, 12, Brumbies

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Cheika names Wallabies squad for Rugby Championship