Trio of forwards recalled to Wallabies squad

The Rugby Championship
by Sam Phillips

Michael Cheika has recalled recent Wallabies debutants Caleb Timu and Brandon Paenga-Amosa to his 31-man squad for Tests against South Africa and Argentina.

Paenga-Amosa was a peculiar omission from the squad which travelled across the Tasman to face the All Blacks in the second Bledisloe Cup Test, Folau Faingaa earning his first cap off the pine in place of Tolu Latu.

The rookie Reds hooker will play for Brisbane City on Sunday afternoon and head straight to Wallabies camp afterwards but Timu is already on his way to the Gold Coast having starred for Queensland Country in their win over Canberra at Viking Park on Saturday.Caleb Timu has been recalled. Photo: RUGBY.com.au/Stuart WalmsleyBrumbies Player of the Year Rory Arnold has also been recalled to the squad.

Israel Folau (ankle) and Taniela Tupou (hamstring) have both been named but the pair will be racing the clock to prove their fitness in time for Saturday's clash with the Springboks.

The Wallabies take on the Springboks in Brisbane on Saturday September 8, kicking off at 8pm AEST, LIVE on FOX SPORTS, Channel Ten and via RUGBY.com.au RADIO. Buy tickets here.

SQUAD

Wallabies squad to face South Africa, Argentina

Forwards

Allan Alaalatoa (25 Tests, Brumbies, 24)

Rory Arnold (15 Tests , Brumbies, 28)

Adam Coleman (25 Tests, Melbourne Rebels, 26)

Folau Fainga’a (1 Test, Brumbies, 23)

Ned Hanigan (13 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 23)

Michael Hooper (c) (84 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 26)

Sekope Kepu (96 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 32)

Tolu Latu (8 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 25)

Brandon Paenga-Amosa (3 Tests, Queensland Reds, 22)

David Pocock (71 Tests, Brumbies, 30)

Tatafu Polota-Nau (84 Tests, Leicester, 33)

Tom Robertson (23 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 24)

Izack Rodda (9 Tests, Queensland Reds, 22)

Pete Samu (5 Tests, Brumbies, 26)

Rob Simmons (87 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 29)

Scott Sio (47 Tests, Brumbies, 26)

Caleb Timu (2 Tests, Queensland Reds, 24)

Lukhan Tui (9 Tests, Queensland Reds, 21)

Taniela Tupou (4 Tests, Queensland Reds, 22)

Backs

Tom Banks (1 Test, Brumbies, 24)

Kurtley Beale (76 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 29)

Israel Folau (66 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 29)

Bernard Foley (60 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 28)

Will Genia (92 Tests, Melbourne Rebels, 30)

Dane Haylett-Petty (23 Tests, Melbourne Rebels, 29)

Reece Hodge (29 Tests, Melbourne Rebels, 23)

Marika Koroibete (13 Tests, Melbourne Rebels, 26)

Jack Maddocks (2 Tests, Melbourne Rebels, 21)

Nick Phipps (66 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 29)

Joe Powell (4 Tests, Brumbies, 24)

Matt Toomua (35 Tests, Leicester/Melbourne Rebels, 28)