June Tests: Teams announced for opening week

by AAP & Staff Writer

It's not just the Wallabies and Ireland facing off this June.

Who's lining up for the internationals being played around the globe this weekend?


New Zealand

The Barrett brothers will become the first trio of siblings to play to start for New Zealand. Photo: Getty ImagesThe Barrett brothers are set to make history this weekend, as the first trio of siblings to start for New Zealand in a Test. Full story here.


Scrum-half Morgan Parra is back in blue for the first time since the 2015 World Cup as France bank on experience for the first Test against New Zealand in Auckland on Saturday.

Coach Jacques Brunel has named 10 players missing from this year's Six Nations tournament including Joann Maestri, Maxime Medard, Uini Atonio and Fabien Sanconnie.


New Zealand to face France

1. Joe Moody

2. Codie Taylor

3. Owen Franks

4. Sam Whitelock

5. Scott Barrett

6. Liam Squire

7. Sam Cane

8. Luke Whitelock

9. Aaron Smith

10. Beauden Barrett

11. Rieko Ioane

12. Ryan Crotty

13. Anton Lienert-Brown

14. Ben Smith

15. Jordie Barrett


16. Nathan Harris

17. Karl Tu'inukuafe

18. Ofa Tu'ungafasi

19. Vaea Fifita

20. Ardie Savea

21. TJ Perenara

22. Damian McKenzie

23. Ngani Laumape

France to face New Zealand

1. Dany Priso

2. Camille Chat

3. Uini Antonio

4. Paul Gabrillagues

5. Yoann Maestri

6. Judicael Cancoriet

7. Kelian Gourdon

8. Fabien Sanconnie

9. Morgan Parra

10. Anthony Belleau

11. Remy Grosso

12. Geoffrey Doumayrou 

13. Mathieu Bastareaud

14. Teddy Thomas

15. Maxime Medard


16. Adrien Pelissie

17. Cyril Baille

18. Rabah Slimani

19. Bernard Le Roux,

20. Alexandre Lapandry

21. Baptiste Serin

22. Jules Plisson

23. Gael Fickou.


South Africa

South Africa will field a completely different team for the first rugby Test against England Saturday from that which lost to Wales last weekend if prop Trevor Nyakane passes a fitness test.

The tighthead prop has a rib injury and a decision on whether he can play in the first match of a three-Test series will be made Friday, coach Rassie Erasmus said.

Should Nyakane pull out, the number three shirt will go to Wilco Louw, who started in the 22-20 loss to the Welsh in Washington.

Flanker Siya Kolisi will lead the Springboks, the first black to do so after 60 white captains of a national team that included only whites until the collapse of apartheid.


England coach Eddie Jones named a team for the first Test against South Africa in Johannesburg Saturday that includes only seven survivors from a loss to Ireland in their last outing.

Fullback Elliot Daly, winger Jonny May and captain and inside centre Owen Farrell remain from the backline that started in a 24-15 Six Nations home defeat by Ireland this year.

But two of them will occupy different positions for the Ellis Park showdown with Daly moving from the left wing and Farrell from fly-half.

Props Mako Vunipola and Kyle Sinckler, lock Maro Itoje and flanker Chris Robshaw also started against the Irish as England suffered a third straight Six Nations loss to finish fifth.

The eight newcomers are centre Henry Slade, winger Mike Brown, fly-half George Ford, scrum-half Ben Youngs, hooker Jamie George, lock Nick Isiekwe, flanker Tom Curry and number eight Billy Vunipola.


South Africa to face England

1. Tendai Mtawarira

2. Bongi Mbonambi

3. Trevor Nyakane/Wilco Louw

4. RG Snyman

5. Franco Mostert

6. Siya Kolisi

7. Jean-Luc du Preez

8. Duane Vermuelen

9. Faf de Klerk

10. Handre Pollard

11. Aphiwe Dyantyi

12. Damian de Allende

13. Lukhanyo Am

14. Sibusiso Nkosi

15. Willie le Roux.


16. Akker van der Merwe

17. Steven Kitshoff

18. Wilco Louw/Thomas du Toit

19. Pieter-Steph du Toit

20. Sikhumbuzo Notshe

21. Ivan van Zyl

22. Elton Jantjies

23. Warrick Gelant

England to face South Africa

1. Mako Vunipola

2. Jamie George

3. Kyle Sinckler

4. Maro Itoje

5. Nick Isiekwe

6. Chris Robshaw

7. Tom Curry

8. Billy Vunipola

9. Ben Youngs

10. George Ford

11. Mike Brown

12. Owen Farrell

13. Henry Slade

14. Jonny May

15. Elliot Daly


16. Luke Cowan-Dickie

17. Joe Marler

18.Harry Williams

19. Brad Shields

20. Nathan Hughes

21. Ben Spencer

22. Piers Francis

23. Denny Solomona


Cory Hill will captain Wales against Argentina. Photo: Getty ImagesCory Hill will captain Wales for the first time when they play Argentina in San Juan Saturday in the first match of a two-Test series.

The lock is one of seven survivors from the starting team in a 22-20 victory over South Africa in Washington last Saturday.

Fullback Hallam Amos, winger George North, hooker Elliot Dee, prop Dillon Lewis, flanker Seb Davies and number eight Ross Moriarty are also retained.

North switches positions, though, playing on the left wing having filled the outside centre role against the Springboks in an error-strewn match.

Those introduced for the clash with the Pumas include winger Josh Adams, centres Scott Williams and Hadleigh Parkes, fly-half Rhys Patchell and scrum-half Gareth Davies.

Forward changes made by coach Warren Gatland give starts to prop Wyn Jones, lock Adam Beard and flanker James Davies.


Argentina to face Wales

1. Santiago Garcia Botta

2. Agustin Creevy

3. Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro

4. Guido Petti

5. Tomas Lavanini

6. Pablo Matera

7. Marcos Kremer

8. Javier Ortega Desio

9. Gonzalo Bertranou

10. Nicolas Sanchez

11. Ramiro Moyano

12. Jeronimo de la Feunte

13. Matias Orlando

14. Bautista Delguy

15. Emiliano Boffelli


16. Julian Montoya

17. Javier Diaz

18. Santiago Medrano

19. Matias Alemanno

20. Tomas Lezana

21. Martin Landajo

22. Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias

23. Sebastian Cancelliere

 Wales to face Argentina

1. Wyn Jones

2. Elliot Dee

3.Dillon Lewis

4. Adam Beard

5. Cory Hill

6. Seb Davies

7. James Davies

8. Ross Moriarty

9. Gareth Davies

10. Rhys Patchell

11. George North

12. Hadleigh Parkes

13. Scott Williams

14. Josh Adams

15. Hallam Amos


16. Ryan Elias

17. Rob Evans

18. Tomas Francis

19. Josh Turnbull

20. Aaron Wainwright

21. Aled Davies

22. Gareth Anscombe

23. Owen Watkin


Scotland coach Gregor Townsend on Wednesday named Edinburgh lock Grant Gilchrist as captain for this weekend's opening Summer Tour Test match against Canada in Edmonton.

Gilchrist takes over as captain in the absence of injured hooker Stuart McInally, who has failed to recover from a calf injury.

Gilchrist will captain a side which includes two debutants -- fellow Edinburgh forward Jamie Ritchie at flanker, and Harlequins centre James Lang.


Canada to face Scotland


Scotland to face Canada 

1. Alan Dell

2. Fraser Brown

3. Simon Berghan

4. Ben Toolis

5. Grant Gilchrist

6. Magnus Bradbury

7. Jamie Ritchie

8. David Denton

9. Sam Hidalgo-Clyne

10. Ruaridh Jackson

11. Byron McGuigan

12. James Lang

13. Chris Harris

14. Lee Jones

15. Blair Kinghorn


16. George Turner

17. Jamie Bhatti

18. Murray McCallum

19. Lewis Carmichael

20. Luke Hamilton

21. Ali Price

22. Adam Hastings

23. Mark Bennett



Japan to face Italy

1. Keita Inagaki

2. Shota Horie

3. Koo Ji Won

4. Wimpie Van der Welt

5. Samuela Anise

6. Kazuiki Himeno

7. Michael Leitch

8. Amanaki Mafi

9. Fumiaka Tanaka

10. Yu Tamura

11. Kenki Fukuoka

12. Timothy Lafaele

13. William Tupou

14. Lomano Lava Lemeki

15. Kotaro Matsushima


16. Yusuke Niwai

17. Shintaro Ishihara

18. Takuma Asahara

19. Uwe Helu

20. Yoshitaka Tokunaga

21. Yutaka Nagare

22. Ryoto Nakamura

23. Rikiya Matsuda

Italy to face Japan

1. Andrea Lovotti

2 Leonardo Ghiraldini 

3 Tiziano Pasquali

4 Alessando Zanni

5 Dean Budd

6 Sebastiani Negri

7 Giovanni Licata

8 Abraham Jurgens Steyn

9. Marcello Violi

10. Tommaso Allan

11. Mattia Bellini

12. Tommaso Castello

13. Michele Campagnaro

14. Tommaso Benvenuti

15. Matteo Minozzi


16. Luca Bigi

17. Federic Zani

18. Giosue Zilocchi

19. Marco Fuser

20. George Biagi

21. Jake Polledri

22. Tito Tebaldi

23. Jayden Hayward