Kerevi out, Koroibete in Aust tour squad
27 October, 2016, 12:00 am
FIJIAN flyer Marika Koroibete is the latest Fijian rugby player to be named in the Wallabies team.
The former Melbourne Storm speed merchant has been named by Michael Cheika as one of the Fijian flyers for the spring tour next month.
The other two wingers are Sefanaia Naivalu and Henry Speight alongside crack centre Tevita Kuridrani.
Another Fijian centre Samu Kerevi was dropped because of injury. Other Fijian players that had featured for the Wallabies are Ilivasi Tabua ‘Human Skewer,’ Acura Niuqila, Qele Ratu, Radike Samo to name a few.
Pacnews reported yesterday, Cheika announced his 32-man squad on Tuesday, selecting three uncapped players including rugby league convert Koroibete.
Fiji-born Koroibete played for Melbourne Storm in the National Rugby League but has switched to the 15-a-side code and could potentially make his international debut before playing Super Rugby for the Melbourne Rebels.
Hooker Tolu Latu and outside back Kyle Goodwin were the other uncapped players picked in the squad that will attempt to win the Grand Slam — victories at the home grounds of Ireland, Wales, Scotland, and England — for the first time since 1984.
The absence of Kerevi could open the way for Israel Folau to move from fullback to outside center, where he played for the New South Wales Waratahs last season.
The Australians leave Friday and open the tour — the Wallabies’ 600th Test — against Wales in Cardiff on November 6. Australia will play Scotland at Murrayfield on Nov. 13, France in Paris on Nov. 20, Ireland in Dublin on Nov. 27 and wrap up the tour with a Test against England at Twickenham on Dec. 4.
Australia squad: Allan Alaalatoa, Rory Arnold, Adam Coleman, Quade Cooper, Kane Douglas, Scott Fardy, Israel Folau, Bernard Foley, Nick Frisby, Will Genia, Kyle Godwin, James Hanson, Dane Haylett-Petty, Reece Hodge, Michael Hooper, Sekope Kepu, Marika Koroibete, Tevita Kuridrani, Tolu Latu, Sean McMahon, Stephen Moore (captain), Dean Mumm, Sefanaia Naivalu, Nick Phipps, David Pocock, Tom Robertson, Rob Simmons, Scott Sio, Will Skelton, Henry Speight, James Slipper, Lopeti Timani.