Playing Bledisloe 3 in Yokohama, see Michael Cheika's squad for the All Blacks below.

Australia Autumn Internationals Squad

A week after narrowly losing to Wales in Cardiff, the pressure continues to mount on Michael Cheika and a loss this weekend against Italy could be the final straw. As a result he has named a fairly strong side with big names like Michael Hooper, David Pocock and Israel Folau starting in what would normally be a chance to rest them.

In other news, Adam Ashley-Cooper will make his 117th international appearance overtaking Nathan Sharpe as the third most-capped Wallaby ever. On the complete opposite end of the experience spectrum Jake Gordon will make his first international start at scrum-half with Will Genia dropping to the bench.

Cheika had also originally named Jordan Petaia and Rory Arnold in the match day 23 however injuries to both of them have seen Marika Koroibete and Rob Simmons come in.

Australia team to face Italy in the Autumn Internationals – 17th November 

Israel Folau, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Samu Kerevi, Bernard Foley, Marika Koroibete, Matt Toomua, Jake Gordon, Scott Sio, Folau Faingaa, Taniela Tupou, Izack Rodda, Adam Coleman, Jack Dempsey, Michael Hooper (capt), David Pocock

Replacements: Tatafu Polota-Nau, Jermaine Ainsley, Sekope Kepu, Rob Simmons, Pete Samu, Will Genia, Kurtley Beale, Dane Haylett-Petty.

Australia team to face Wales in the Autumn Internationals – 10th November

Dane Haylett-Petty; Israel Folau, Samu Kerevi, Kurtley Beale, Sefa Naivalu; Bernard Foley, Will Genia; Scott Sio, Tolu Latu, Allan Alaalatoa, Izack Rodda, Adam Coleman, Jack Dempsey, Michael Hooper (capt), David Pocock

Replacements: Tatafu Polota-Nau, Sekope Kepu, Taniela Tupou, Rob Simmons, Ned Hanigan, Nick Phipps, Matt To’omua, Jack Maddocks.


Michael Cheika and his Australia side emerge from a poor Rugby Championship with the pressure continuing to mount with only three wins from nine Tests and they have dropped to seventh in the world rankings.

In a recent press conference he said he still backs his players and went on; “Why do I believe in them? Because I’ve seen them do it. I’ve seen them perform on a day-to-day basis here, all the staff and players. We have to be more consistent as coaches delivering the correct message to get the change we want to get and also deliver the content at training. But I’d be saying that even if we won four [Rugby Championship] matches, not two, because the goal is to win six.”

At the press conference Cheika named his 31-man squad for their upcoming match against the All Blacks and their were some surprising call ups. For example, uncapped players Jed Holloway, Jake Gordon and Angus Cottrell are set to tour, and importantly Australia’s midfield gets a boost with the return of Samu Kerevi. Flanker Jack Dempsey also returns after an injury layoff.

Sekope Kepu is going to collect his 100th cap for the Wallabies provided he makes the match day squad.

Cheika is yet to name his full squad for their matches against Wales, Italy and England in November. We will update this page as soon as it is announced.

Australia Autumn Internationals Squad

FORWARDS:

Jermaine Ainsley, Allan Alaalatoa, Rory Arnold, Adam Coleman, Angus Cottrell, Jack Dempsey, Folau Fainga’a, Ned Hanigan, Jed Holloway, Michael Hooper (c), Sekope Kepu, Tolu Latu, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, David Pocock, Izack Rodda, Rob Simmons, Scott Sio, Taniela Tupou.

BACKS:

Tom Banks, Kurtley Beale, Israel Folau, Bernard Foley, Will Genia, Jake Gordon, Dane Haylett-Petty, Reece Hodge, Samu Kerevi, Marika Koroibete, Jack Maddocks, Sefa Naivalu, Nick Phipps.

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