Koroibete named in Wallabies Spring Tour squad

Tue, Oct 25, 2016, 3:23 AM
Beth Newman
by Beth Newman
Marika Koroibete could make his Test debut without playing Super Rugby. photo: Getty Images
Marika Koroibete could make his Test debut without playing Super Rugby. photo: Getty Images

Melbourne Storm flyer Marika Koroibete could make his Wallabies debut before playing Super Rugby, after being named in the Spring Tour squad.


Koroibete could be the first player to make his Wallabies debut before his maiden Super Rugby outing since Tatafu Polota-Nau debuted in 2005, before a 2006 Super Rugby start with the Waratahs.


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Matt Giteau was the most recent before that, playing his first Test in 2002 before making any provincial appearances, running out in Super Rugby for the Brumbies from 2003.


Koroibete boosts the Wallabies outside backs stocks for the tour, joining Henry Speight and Sefa Naivalu as the specialist wingers in the team.


The 24-year-old played 74 NRL matches, scoring 46 tries, most recently playing in the NRL grand final with the Storm.


Kyle Godwin and Tolu Latu are the only other uncapped players in the 32-man squad to depart for Europe on Friday.


Will Genia has been named in the squad, but won’t be eligible to play outside the November Test window, ruling him out of the tour opener against Wales and the final Test against England.

Kyle Godwin is in the Wallabies frame. Photo: ARU Media/Stu WalmsleySamu Kerevi has been ruled out of the tour, set for ankle surgery after suffering a syndesmosis injury in Australia’s loss to New Zealand in Auckland.


Dean Mumm will be ineligible for the Wallabies' opener, suspended for striking Brodie Retallick in the third Bledisloe.


The Wallabies will be vying for their second Grand Slam in history, after last achieving the feat of beating England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales in 1984.


Australia made its most recent Grand Slam attempt in 2013, falling to England before beating Italy, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.




32-Man Wallabies Squad


IN:  Will Genia, Kyle Godwin, Marika Koroibete

OUT: Samu Kerevi, Luke Morahan

Allan Alaalatoa, Rory Arnold, Adam Coleman, Quade Cooper, Kane Douglas, Scott Fardy, Israel Folau, Bernard Foley, Nick Frisby, Will Genia, Kyle Godwin*James Hanson, Dane Haylett-Petty, Reece Hodge, Michael Hooper, Sekope Kepu, Marika Koroibete*, Tevita Kuridrani, Tolu Latu*, Sean McMahon, Stephen Moore, Dean Mumm, Sefanaia Naivalu, Nick Phipps, David Pocock, Tom Robertson, Rob Simmons, Scott Sio, Will Skelton, Henry Speight, James Slipper, Lopeti Timani


2016 Wallabies Spring Tour and Grand Slam

Wales vs Qantas Wallabies at Millennium Stadium, 6th November 1.30am AEDT

Scotland vs Qantas Wallabies at Murrayfield, 13th November, 1.30am AEDT

France vs Qantas Wallabies at Stade de France, 20th November, 7.00am AEDT

Ireland vs Qantas Wallabies at Aviva Stadium, 27th November, 4.30am AEDT

England vs Qantas Wallabies at Twickenham, 4th December, 1.30am AEDT

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