Fresh call-ups Cale, Williams excited about ‘special’ Wallabies inclusion

Fri, Jun 21, 2024, 7:46 AM
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
Jeremy Williams press conference following Wallabies Squad selection

Wallabies call-ups Jeremy Williams and Charlie Cale are eager to press their claims for a dream debut after being named in Joe Schmidt's squad for the July series.

Both forwards will go into their first national camps on Sunday in Queensland after strong seasons for their respective clubs.

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They represent a new era for the Wallabies, with 13 uncapped players named in the squad to face Wales and Georgia

Williams has thrived for the Force after becoming captain at the start of the year, one of five players from the West included in the squad.

“I was sitting at home with my mum this morning and got the call from (Chris Thomson, team manager) and I was super excited, super pumped," Williams told reporters.

"My mum was jumping around at home so I had to tell her to calm down a little bit while I was on the phone."

As for Cale, he has been the breakout star of the Brumbies' campaign in 2024, with his double in the opening round setting the tempo for an excellent season.

He started ten games throughout the year, including in the semi-final against the Blues, and recently penned an extension with the club.

“It’s very special. It’s the highest honour you can have so if you ever get that honour, you’re very lucky and you have to cherish it,” Cale said.

“It doesn’t feel real yet but probably once I see all the guys and pull the training kit, it’ll feel real but I’m incredibly excited and grateful to be in that position."

The pair both grew up in Sydney, which will host Tests against Wales and Georgia in July, hoping to press their claims for selection in front of their friends and family.

“When I first came down, I was on the EDS (Elite Development Squad) contract so all you want to do is get into the squad and then once you’re in you try and play every week…it’s short goals but I always wanted to end up (in the Wallabies) eventually," Cale said.

“It’d be pretty cool (to debut in Sydney), it’d be a dream come true if I got my chance, especially in Sydney with all my family and friends," Williams added.

"We had a good season. Probably didn't finish where we would have liked to but you know, leadership-wise, had an awesome group in the leadership with Nic White and Michael Wells.

"Learning off them and leading the boys around the field. It was a really enjoyable experience."

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