Brumbies hooker Folau Fainga’a and fullback Tom Banks have been included in a 32-man Wallabies squad for the Test series against Ireland in June.
The other uncapped players in the squad are Rebels outside back Jack Maddocks and Reds forwards Brandon Paenga-Amosa and Caleb Timu.
Twice-capped Jordan Uelese has also made the squad, which lacks experience at hooker after Stephen Moore’s retirement and Tatafu Polota-Nau’s unavailability.
‘Folau’s really done well,’ said Cheika. ‘He’s got a good bit of swagger, I like his attitude and I think he’ll take an opportunity with both hands.
‘It’s going to be pretty exciting to see two new lads [Fainga’a and Paenga-Amosa] and one [Uelese] who’s only got a couple of games under his belt going at it.’
The Wallabies will be led by Michael Hooper, with Bernard Foley and Will Genia serving as vice-captains.
Forwards – Folau Fainga’a, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Jordan Uelese, Sekope Kepu, Tom Robertson, Scott Sio, Taniela Tupou, Allan Alaalatoa, Izack Rodda, Adam Coleman, Rob Simmons, Rory Arnold, Michael Hooper (c), David Pocock, Caleb Timu, Lukhan Tui, Ned Hanigan
Backs – Will Genia, Nick Phipps, Joe Powell, Bernard Foley, Kurtley Beale, Samu Kerevi, Tevita Kuridrani, Curtis Rona, Israel Folau, Tom Banks, Dane Haylett-Petty, Reece Hodge, Jack Maddocks, Marika Koroibete, Sefa Naivalu.
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