Karmichael Hunt, the inside centre, has been called back to the Wallabies’ 34-man squad for the final Bledisloe Cup Test against the All Blacks taking place in Brisbane later this week.
Hunt, a dual code international, missed all of the Rugby Championship because of an ankle injury but he proved his fitness for the upcoming Test in the domestic National Rugby Championship last weekend.
He put in an impressive performance in the June internationals against Fiji, Scotland and Italy, his first appearances for the Wallabies. However, he will be facing tough competition to earn a spot in the starting line-up against the All Blacks.
It is widely expected that Kurtley Beale will be retaining the starting number 12 jersey for the dead rubber test at Lang Park on 21 October, where New Zealand will try to sweep the three-match series.
Michael Cheika, the Wallabies coach, said, “We’ll see how Hunt plays this weekend in NRC and then how he goes in training. In the last camp in June, he pretty much forced his way into the team. He’s probably got a bit more competition now, as we’ve built the squad over the Rugby Championship.”
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Joining Hunt in the squad are lock Rory Arnold, loose forward Lopeti Timani, and the uncapped Queensland duo of flanker Adam Korczyk and winger Izaia Perese.
Australia, who won their last start away to Argentina, will try be trying to end a seven-match losing streak to the All Blacks that dates back to 2015.
The complete squad list is: Allan Alaalatoa, Rory Arnold, Adam Coleman, Jack Dempsey, Tetera Faulkner, Ned Hanigan, Michael Hooper (captain), Sekope Kepu, Adam Korczyk, Sean McMahon, Stephen Moore, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Tom Robertson, Izack Rodda, Rob Simmons, Scott Sio, Lopeti Timani, Lukhan Tui, Jordan Uelese, Kurtley Beale, Israel Folau, Bernard Foley, Will Genia, Reece Hodge, Karmichael Hunt, Samu Kerevi, Marika Koroibete, Tevita Kuridrani, Billy Meakes, Izaia Perese, Nick Phipps, Joe Powell, Curtis Rona, Henry Speight.