‘Burn Boys Jordan Uelese, Trevor Hosea, and Pone Fa’amausili headline a strong Rebels contingent in the Wallabies train-on squad revealed by Dave Rennie today.
The Victorian pathway products have put their names front and centre for a national call-up after capturing the attention of selectors attention during the Super Rugby AU competition.
The trio of forwards join a further six Rebels who have done enough to impress the new Wallaby coach. Joining them in camp next week will be Jermaine Ainsley, Matt Philip, Matt To’omua, Reece Hodge, Marika Koroibete and Dane Haylett-Petty.
Melbourne Rebels Head Coach Dave Wessels said the selections provided great recognition for his players hard work during a challenging Super Rugby AU season.
“On behalf of everyone at the Club, huge congratulations to all nine Rebels who will now get a chance to vie for a Wallaby jersey,” said Wessels.
“Each player deserves their place in this first Wallaby squad of 2020, and I am especially pleased for Pone and Trevor to be recognized for their consistent performances amidst huge adversity over the last few months.
“We wish them all the very best and we know they will not let anyone down if given the opportunity to debut.”
With The Rugby Championship set to be hosted in Australia, the tournament offers the very real possibility that uncapped players Hosea and Fa’amausili could make their international debut on home soil.
The announcement offers a silver lining after the team bowed out to the QLD Reds in the Qualifying Final last night.
It also shows the continued emergence of Victorian Rugby, fresh off the back of the recent commitments by the Victorian government of a State Rugby Centre at La Trobe University by 2023.
The Wallaby squad members are set to join camp immediately in Coogee.