Wallabies World Cup squad announced: White, Horwill omitted

ALEX HEINKE reports.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has started his World Cup campaign in Sydney announcing the 31-man squad that will travel to England in September.

Cheika kept everyone guessing over the make up of the squad, he chose experience in the halves with world cup veterens Will Genia and Quade Cooper, but youth in the forwards with former captain James Horwill missing out.


Wallabies World Cup squad announced today. PICTURE: Twitter

Wallabies World Cup squad announced today. PICTURE: Twitter

Genia edged out in form Nic White who scored the try that sealed the victory over world champions New Zealand in Syndey.

Stephen Moore will captain the team in his third consecutive world cup with Adam Ashley-Cooper and Michael Hooper named as vice-captains.

Matt Giteau continues his incredible return into the national team with selection in the centers.

Youngster Sean McMahon and uncapped prop Toby Smith won selection despite not playing in the Rugby Championship.

Here is the full list courtesy of the ARU:

31-Man Wallabies Squad for Rugby World Cup 2015

Wallabies Forwards:

Stephen Moore – C (96 Tests)
Tatafu Polota-Nau (53 Tests)

Greg Holmes (17 Tests)
Sekope Kepu (56 Tests)
Scott Sio (9 Tests)*
James Slipper (66 Tests)
Toby Smith (uncapped)*

Kane Douglas (15 Tests)*
Dean Mumm (36 Tests)
Rob Simmons (52 Tests)
Will Skelton (11 Tests)*

Backrow forwards
Scott Fardy (24 Tests)*
Michael Hooper – VC (45 Tests)*
Ben McCalman (40 Tests)
Sean McMahon (3 Tests)*
Wycliff Palu (55 Tests)
David Pocock (50 Tests)

Wallabies Backs:

Will Genia (59 Tests)
Nick Phipps (31 Tests)

Quade Cooper (55 Tests)
Bernard Foley (17 Tests)*

Inside backs
Kurtley Beale (52 Tests)
Matt Giteau (95 Tests)
Matt Toomua (25 Tests)*

Outside backs
Adam Ashley-Cooper – VC (108 Tests)
Israel Folau (33 Tests)*
Rob Horne (26 Tests)
Drew Mitchell (65 Tests)
Henry Speight (3 Tests)*
Joe Tomane (15 Tests)*
Tevita Kuridrani (24 Tests)*

*Uncapped at a Rugby World Cup