Fijians named in Wallabies side to face Ireland

Tevita Kuridrani in action for Australia against France. Picture: ZIMBIO

FOUR Fijian players have been named in the Wallabies side to face Ireland in their three test matches next month (June).

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has opted for speedsters Marika Koroibete, Sefanaia Naivalu and the midfields combination of Samu Kerevi and Tevita Kuridrani from the 15 backline players selected yesterday.

Kuridrani is the most capped of the four with 58 test matches for Australia since making his debut in 2013. Kerevi has 18 caps under after his best after his debut in 2016. Naivalu who made his Australian debut in 2016 has seven caps under his name while Koroibete has eight caps after making his debut last year.

Missing out on the selection is another Fijian flyer Henry Speight.

The first test is on June 9.

Forwards: Sekope Kepu, Tom Robertson, Scott Sio, Taniela Tupou, Allan Alaalatoa, Brandon Paenga‑Amosa, Jordan Uelese, Izack Rodda, Folau Fainga’a, Rory Arnold, Adam Coleman, Rob Simmons, Michael Hooper, Ned Hanigan, Lukhan Tui, Caleb Timu, David Pocock

Backs: Bernard Foley, Will Genia, Tom Banks, Kurtley Beale, Israel Folau, Dane Haylett‑Petty, Reece Hodge, Samu Kerevi, Marika Koroibete, Tevita Kuridrani, Jack Maddocks, Sefa Naivalu, Nick Phipps, Joe Powell, Curtis Rona.

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