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7 new caps in Wallabies squad for Bledisloe Cup

7 new caps in Wallabies squad for Bledisloe Cup

SYDNEY (AP) — Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has named seven uncapped players, including former league stars Curtis Rona and Marika Koroibete, in a 34-man squad for the first Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup test against New Zealand.

Rona and Western Force midfield partner Billy Meakes, winger Koroibete and Queensland Reds three-quarter Izaia Perese, lock Izack Rodda, backrower Adam Korczyk and hooker Jordan Ueelse are the newcomers in a squad partially shaped by injuries. Ueelse, considered the most surprising selection, wins a callup as Waratahs hooker Tolu Latu is out with a neck injury.

Locks Rob Simmons and Kane Douglas return to the squad after missing June test matches against Fiji, Scotland and Italy while centers Kurtley Beale and Samu Kerevi return from injuries.