first Test lineups predicted and squads for the teams of Dave Rennie and Eddie Jones

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie is expected to call his squad on Sunday to face England in next month’s three-Test series, with a preliminary list of around 34-36 players to be taken to camp.

Eddie Jones on Monday named a 35-player squad to undergo a three-day camp, with no players yet involved in England’s Premiership final.

The big questions for Rennie revolve around the composition of his three allowed foreign players – with Japan-based Quade Cooper, Samu Kerevi and Marika Koroibete considered the likely trio.

Rennie is allowed to change the three players for each series, so he can probably choose a new three for The Rugby Championship, and again for the Spring Tour – that is when European-based forwards Rory Arnold and Will Skelton are likely to come into the frame. .

The addition of an Australian A team in the Pacific Nations Cup will also feed into Rennie’s Test picks as he decides who will benefit from being a rookie against Samoa, Tonga and Fiji. These games are on the same dates as the Wallabies vs. England Tests.

On Saturday, Rennie said his toughest election call when having to nail a 23-day match would be with a halfback, with Nic White, Tate McDermott, Jake Gordon all in good shape during the Super Rugby season.

He also has a choice to make at defense, which could be the most contentious call he makes regarding Wallabies fans.

Not everyone is convinced by Tom Banks at Test Level, and his decision to leave the Brumbies at the end of this season has opened the door for a challenger.

“If we feel like there’s not much between saying Tom and someone else, then we might be able to pick the other guy knowing Tom is leaving,” Rennie said, which was hardly a resounding support for Banks.

“He’s had a great season so far. If he plays very well for us this year and goes to Japan and takes care of himself, who knows, there could be a chance for him to go to the World Cup. “

Rennie has already named one squad this season – a 40-player group that met in Queensland.

Eight unaccompanied players were named in that group, but none of the overseas players were involved.

The initial squad

Allan Alaalatoa, Tom Banks, Angus Bell, Jock Campbell *, Ben Donaldson *, Folau Fainga’a, Lalakai Foketi, Nick Frost *, Jake Gordon, Reece Hodge, Michael Hooper (captain), Jed Holloway *, Len Ikitau, Harry Johnson -Holmes, Feleti Kaitu’u, Andrew Kellaway, Rob Leota, Noah Lolesio, Lachlan Lonergan, Ryan Lonergan *, Tate McDermott, Fraser McReight, Cadeyrn Neville *, James O’Connor, Hunter Paisami, Izaia Perese, Jordan Petaia, Matt Philip , David Porecki *, Toni Pulu *, Izack Rodda, Pete Samu, James Slipper, Darcy Swain, Lachlan Swinton, Taniela Tupou, Rob Valetini, Nic White, Harry Wilson, Tom Wright.

Australian James O'Connor in action during the Autumn Nations Series match between Scotland and Australia at BT Murrayfield, November 7, 2021, in Edinburgh, Scotland.  (Photo by Paul Devlin / SNS Group by Getty Images)

(Photo by Paul Devlin / SNS Group by Getty Images)

Leading candidates and election headaches

The back three

Kurtley Beale played on defense during last year’s European tour but has been sidelined due to injury in recent weeks. Andrew Kellaway had an impressively successful season in 2021 and spent some time on defense, as did Reece Hodge.

Jordan Petaia and Jock Campbell both had stints at No.15 and on the wing for the Reds, while their teammate Suli Vunivalu has yet to live up to expectations since his change of the NRL. It would be a surprise if he failed.

Another Reds winger, Philip Daugunu was in the first Test squad a year ago, but has not pressed his claims this season and seems to be failing along with Toni Pulu and, severely, Campbell.

Koroibete should be nailed on a starter, and Tom Wright may find himself sidelined if Rennie goes with six players instead of seven.

This squad may have come too early for Sevens convert Dylan Pietsch but he is a possible bolter later in the winter.

Prediction: Tom Banks, Reece Hodge, Andrew Kellaway, Marika Koroibete, Jordan Petaia, Suliasi Vunivalu, Tom Wright.

Tom Banks of the Wallabies

Tom Banks faces New Zealand in Bledisloe 1 (Yeung / Getty Images)

The centers

Kerevi should be second name on the team sheet after captain Michael Hooper and one of each of the Brumbies, Reds and Tahs in Len Ikitau, Hunter Paisami and Izzy Perese are looking to join him in the squad. Lalakai Foketi seems more likely to be in the A squad for the Pacific Nations Cup.

Prediction: Samu Kerevi, Len Ikitau, Hunter Paisami, Izaia Perese.

The gamblers

James O’Connor looked to have the No.10 jersey locked in for the England series before suffering the latest in a long line of injury problems that kept him out of the Reds’ Super Rugby campaign end.

That gave Quade Cooper, who looked capable and eager to go on recent social media posts, the inside line to repeat the impressive work he did against the Springboks last season.

Tahs’ Tane Edmed, who was not in his early 40s, came from the clouds to give himself a shot to be involved, but third place is likely to go to Noah Lolesio, who got many minutes last winter and then left. of the Spring Tour.

Prediction: Quade Cooper, James O’Connor, Noah Lolesio.

The No.9s

Rennie called this the toughest decision facing him when it comes to finding two for the day-to-day squads, though for now the top three are simple. Nic White has done enough this season to establish himself as the top scorer, leaving Tate McDermott and Jake Gordon to contest a spot on the bench for the England Tests.

Prediction: Nic White, Tae McDermott, Jake Gordon.

The loose forwards

Rennie will be hoping Rob Valetini will come through the midfield of Super Rugby Pacific against Auckland Blues unscathed as he will be an integral part of the England series. Michael Hooper is first selected at No.7, and while Fraser McReight should be there to replace him, you’d expect he’ll have to wait later in the winter for some significant minutes.

Rob Leota has been in strong form for the Rebels since returning from injury and is likely a starter at No.6, while Pete Samu should reprise his back-end role. Harry Wilson also did enough to be included.

Lachlan Swinton played in the opening game of the season before a nerve injury in his shoulder prevented him from playing another minute, and his frustrations continue.

Prediction: Michael Hooper, Rob Leota,, Fraser McReight, Pete Samu, Rob Valetini, Harry Wilson.

The locks

Izack Rodda’s positive diagnosis of a foot injury means he will likely get to start a spot alongside Darcy Swain with possibly three other locks given a place in the extended squad. Jed Holloway impressed on his return to the Waratahs, and even turned Darren Coleman into a believer, while Nick Frost will wait for some tangible reward for backing out of a contract in Japan to remain loyal.

Matt Philip and Caydern Neville are also in the frame with Skelton and Arnold held in reserve at the moment.

Prediction: Jed Holloway, Caydern Neville, Matt Philip, Izack Rodda, Darcy Swain.

The lovebirds

Waratah Dave Porecki is developing as the first runner-up for a debut, but Folau Fainga’a – who is one of four big guns leaving the Brumbies in the next fortnight – is also a good opportunity, although his handling technique could be a concern for the. coach. Billy Pollard and Alex Mafi are outsiders, but if Rennie opts for a third girlfriend Lachie Lonergan could get into a dispute.

Prediction: Dave Porecki, Folau Fainga’a, Lachie Lonergan.

The backs

Taniela Tupou missed the end of the season with a calf injury but hopes to be back in time to meet England. He was used in tandem with Allan Alaalatoa last year, with the Brumbies captain often given the opening nod. James Slipper’s versatility and experience get him the nod as Angus Bell gets better with each game. There is an open door for another choice, with Scott Sio, Pone Fa’amausili and Harry Johnson-Holmes all in the count.

Predicted first Test alignment

Wallabies (1-15): James Slipper, Dave Porecki, Allan Alaalatoa, Darcy Swain, Izack Rodda, Rob Leota, Michael Hooper (c), Rob Valetini, Nic White, Quade Cooper, Marika Koroibete, Samu Kerevi, Len Ikitau, Andrew Kellaway, Tom Banks.

RESERVATIONS: Folau Fainga’a, Angus Bell, Taniela Tupou, Jed Holloway, Pete Samu, Jake Gordon, James O’Connor, Reece Hodge.

England, meanwhile, have named a 35-player England squad for a three-day training camp starting on Tuesday.

Players who are involved in this weekend’s Gallagher Premiership semi-final are not available for selection.

Jonny May returns to the squad after recovering from a knee injury. There are first implications in a senior England camp for Biyi Alo, Charlie Atkinson, Freddie Clarke, Sam Jeffries and Patrick Schickerling.

Jones said: “With some players unavailable due to the Premiership semi-final, we have the opportunity to call in some new players.

“It’s a great opportunity to learn about them and see what potential they have for playing a role on the Australian tour.

“We look forward to continuing the good work of our last camp to develop this team on and off the field.”

England training squad

FORWARD
Biyi Alo (Wasps, hatched)
Alfie Barbeary (Wasps, hatless)
Jamie Blamire (Newcastle Falcons, 6 caps)
Callum Chick (Newcastle Falcons, 2 caps)
Freddie Clarke (Gloucester Rugby, headless)
Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 40 caps)
Trevor Davison (Newcastle Falcons, 2 caps)
Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 30 caps)
Will Goodrick-Clarke (London Irish, headless)
Jonny Hill (Exeter Chiefs, 12 caps)
Ted Hill (Worcester Warriors, 2 caps)
Sam Jeffries (Bristol Bears, headless)
George McGuigan (Newcastle Falcons, headless)
Tom Pearson (London Irish, headless)
Bevan Rodd (Sales Sharks, 2 caps)
Patrick Schickerling (Exeter Chiefs, headless)
Jack Singleton (Gloucester Rugby, 3 caps)
Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 20 caps)
Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 28 caps)
Jack Willis (Wasps, 3 caps)

BACK
Henry Arundell (London Irish, headless)
Charlie Atkinson (Wasps, hatless)
Mark Atkinson (Gloucester Rugby, 1 cap)
Orlando Bailey (Bath Rugby, headless)
Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby, 11 caps)
Ollie Hassell-Collins (London Irish, headless)
Will Joseph (London Irish, headless)
Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 69 caps)
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 39 caps)
Paolo Odogwu (Wasps, hatless)
Max Ojomoh (Bath Rugby, headless)
Tom Parton (London Irish, headless)
Adam Radwan (Newcastle Falcons, 2 caps)
Harry Randall (Bristol Bears, 6 caps)
Dan Robson (Wasps, 14 caps)

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