15/04/2024

Noah Lolesio will take is place in the halves in Dave Rennie's team for the First Test. Image: @Wallabies. Twitter

The Wallabies team of 23 has been named ahead of the first match in the three test series against France, starting Wednesday in Brisbane.

The Wallabies team has been named for Wednesday’s match against France, the first Test in the three-match series. The three sides will face off three times in eleven days, in their first Test since 2016.

Despite several injuries to key players, the Wallabies have named a strong side and will have the chance to test some new combinations. Halfback Jake Gordon will pair with Noah Lolesio in an untested pairing to lead the Wallabies.

With James O’Connor, Nic White and Reece Hodge unable to be considered due to injury, coach Dave Rennie trusted Gordon to settle Lolosio, after his challenging debut against the All Blacks last year. In Lolesio’s last start for the Wallabies, the All Blacks won 43-5 in driving rain in Sydney.

After Lolesio’s Super Rugby’s campaign last year was affected by injury, this year he found form with the ACT Brumbies, despite their poor showing in the Trans-Tasman Super Rugby.

Despite only returning to Super Rugby with the Melbourne Rebels for the Trans-Tasman competition, Andrew Kellaway was a surprise pick on the bench. Kellaway’s versatility allowed him to be picked, as a true utility back who can play any of the outside back positions.

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It’s expected that most of the 38 man squad previously selected will appear at some point in the series, given the tight turnaround between matches.

Rennie expects that O’Connor and hooker Feleti Kaitu’u will be fit later in the series, as changes are made to find the best combinations. The Wallabies will be hoping to rebound after a tough start to Rennie’s Wallabies coaching career, with one victory from six matches.

Full Wallabies Team as named

15Tom BanksFullback11 Caps
14Tom WrightWing3 Caps
13Hunter PaisamiOutside Centre6 Caps
12Matt To’omuaInside Centre54 Caps
11Marika KoroibeteWing32 Caps
10Noah LolesioFlyhalf2 Caps
9Jake GordonScrumhalf5 Caps
8Harry WilsonBackrow6 Caps
7Michael Hooper (c)Openside Flanker105 Caps
6Rob ValetiniBlindside Flanker4 Caps
5Lukhan Salakaia-LotoLock25 Caps
4Matt PhilipLock9 Caps
3Allan AlaalatoaTighthead Prop43 Caps
2Brandon Paenga-AmosaHooker8 Caps
1James SlipperLoosehead Prop100 Caps
16Lachlan LonerganReplacement HookerDebut
17Angus BellReplacement Prop3 Caps
18Taniela TupouReplacement Prop25 Caps
19Darcy SwainReplacement LockDebut
20Isi NaisaraniReplacement Backrow8 Caps
21Tate McDermottReplacement Scrumhalf2 Caps
22Len IkitauReplacement CentreDebut
23Andrew KellawayReplacement BackDebut

The Wallabies will take on France for a three-test series before their attention turns to the Bledisloe Cup and the Rugby Championship later in the season.

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