Wallabies World Cup squad to be named this Friday

ALEX HEINKE reports.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika says he has several tough calls ahead and remains undecided on his 31-man World Cup squad set be announced on Friday.

Back in Sydney after their Eden Park reality check, focus in the Australian camp has shifted to next month’s tournament in England and Wales with the first task, making final cuts to the wider training squad.


There are tough calls to be made in most positions across the park particularly with the inside backs, Cheika has continually chopped and changed throughout the Rugby Championship clearly testing what works best.

Cheika told reporters after landing back home from Auckland after their 41-13 defeat to New Zealand they were closer to locking in a squad.

“I believe we’re getting close to knowing exactly who we’re liking in what roles… but we’ve got until Friday,” Cheika said.

“We’re just going to let the day sink in the basic idea that we have over the next few days.” Cheika said he had no regrets over the amount of changes he made to the Wallaby team for the Bledisloe decider, some of which backfired.

“That was always the plan,” he said.

The Wallabies 31-man World Cup Squad will be announced this Friday.