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100-cap Wallabies legend gets shock recall for Autumn internationals

The Wallabies are turning back the clock, recallin 100-test veteran Adam Ashley-Cooper to fill an outside back void on their end of year Northern tour.

“His experience is important and also just his versatility, his ability to cover a few positions,” Cheika said.

“With him and then a guy like Jordan, it’s probably a good balance. We need a couple of extra backs here on the trip.

“(Ashley-Cooper) will train with us, we’ll see where he’s at.

“He’s come on the tour with us to be available for selection, he’s not coming for a holiday.”

Wallabies Spring Tour squad

Forwards

Jermaine Ainsley (1 Test, Melbourne Rebels, 23)

Allan Alaalatoa (30 Tests, Brumbies, 24)

Rory Arnold (19 Tests , Brumbies, 28)

Adam Coleman (28 Tests, Melbourne Rebels, 26)

Jack Dempsey (7 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 24)

Folau Fainga’a (6 Tests, Brumbies, 23)

Ned Hanigan (18 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 23)

Jed Holloway (uncapped, NSW Waratahs, 25)

Michael Hooper (c) (88 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 26)

Sekope Kepu (100 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 32)

Tolu Latu (10 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 25)

Brandon Paenga-Amosa (4 Tests, Queensland Reds, 22)

David Pocock (75 Tests, Brumbies, 30)

Izack Rodda (14 Tests, Queensland Reds, 22)

Rob Simmons (91 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 29)

Pete Samu (7 Tests, Brumbies, 26)

Scott Sio (52 Tests, Brumbies, 27)

Taniela Tupou (9 Tests, Queensland Reds, 22)

Backs

Adam Ashley-Cooper (116, Kobe Steelers, 34)

Tom Banks (3 Tests, Brumbies, 24)

Kurtley Beale (81 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 29)

Israel Folau (70 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 29)

Bernard Foley (65 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 29)

Will Genia (97 Tests, Melbourne Rebels, 30)

Jake Gordon (uncapped, NSW Waratahs, 25)

Dane Haylett-Petty (28 Tests, Melbourne Rebels, 29)

Samu Kerevi (22 Tests, Queensland Reds, 25)

Marika Koroibete (18 Tests, Melbourne Rebels, 26)

Jack Maddocks (5 Tests, Melbourne Rebels, 21)

Sefa Naivalu (8 Tests, Melbourne Rebels, 26)

Jordan Petaia (uncapped, Queensland Reds, 18)

Nick Phipps (70 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 29)

Matt Toomua (39, Leicester Tigers/Melbourne Rebels, 28)

Development Player

Rob Valetini (uncapped, Brumbies, 20)

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