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Tom Wright dropped as Eddie Jones confirms key changes to Wallabies squad

By Finn Morton
Tom Wright of the Wallabies (C) looks on following The Rugby Championship match between the Australia Wallabies and Argentina at CommBank Stadium on July 15, 2023 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Scott Gardiner/Getty Images)

Coach Eddie Jones has confirmed some significant changes to the Wallabies’ squad ahead of their two-match Bledisloe Cup series with the All Blacks, including the omission of Tom Wright.

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Wright started at fullback against both South Africa and Argentina, but has made way with some key players returning from injury – including Andrew Kellaway and Jordan Petaia.

Backrower Langi Gleeson and prop Taniela Tupou are also back in the selection mix ahead of the match against the All Blacks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground later this month.

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“We’re very disappointed with the results during stage one of our campaign,” Jones said in a statement.

“We need to find more in stage two and Melbourne will be the ground where we will find our best.”

Along with Tom Wright, Jones has also swung the axe with backrower Pete Samu and utility back Reece Hodge also missing out on selection.

Hodge was named in the starting side to take on the Springboks earlier this month, while Samu played almost 50 minutes off the bench in Pretoria.

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Hooker Matt Faessler, prop Blake Schoupp, scrumhalf Ryan Lonergan and ‘utility’ David Pietsch are the four uncapped players in the 34-man squad.

Co-captain Michael Hooper is the only player listed under the rehab group, with the flanker sustaining an injury in the leadup to the Test against Michael Cheika’s Pumas in Sydney.

Wallabies squad

Forwards

Allan Alaalatoa

Angus Bell

Blake Schoupp

David Porecki

Fraser McReight

James Slipper (cc)

Jed Holloway

Jordan Uelese

Langi Gleeson

Matt Faessler

Matt Philip

Nick Frost

Pone Fa’amausili

Richie Arnold

Rob Leota

Rob Valetini

Taniela Tupou

Tom Hooper

Will Skelton

Backs

Andrew Kellaway

Carter Gordon

Izaia Perese

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Jordan Petaia

Lalakai Foketi

Marika Koroibete

Mark Nawaqanitawase

Nic White

Quade Cooper

Ryan Lonergan

Samu Kerevi

Suliasi Vunivalu

Tate McDermott

Utility

Ben Donaldson

Dylan Pietsch

Rehab Group

Michael Hooper (cc)

Not considered due to injury

Izack Rodda

Len Ikitau

Max Jorgensen

Tom Robertson

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