Tahs' woes reflected in Wallabies camp

The Brumbies and Queensland Reds have contributed 26 players to the 40-man squad chosen for the Wallabies camp next month.

Glasgow Warriors Head Coach DAVE RENNIE.
Glasgow Warriors Head Coach DAVE RENNIE. Picture: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

The NSW Waratahs woes have been reflected in Wallabies coach Dave Rennie's selection of a 40-man national squad for next month's camp with just four players included.

Rennie picked 14 uncapped players including impressive Australian Sevens representative Tim Anstee, former Junior Wallabies hooker Lachlan Lonergan and Queensland Reds utlity forward Seru Uru for the three-day camp on the Gold Coast.

But traditional Australian rugby powerhouse NSW provided only prop Angus Bell, halfback Jake Gordon, flanker Lachie Swinton and hooker David Porecki.

There was no room for the likes of young gun playmaker Will Harrison or utility back Jack Maddocks with the winless Waratahs setting records for all the wrong reasons.

In contrast the Brumbies contributed 14 players and the ladder-leading Queensland Reds supplied 12.

Flanker Anstee's eye-catching performances made him one of three Western Force players included, along with hooker Feleti Kaitu'u and 34-year-old lock Sitaleki Timani, who returns to the national fold after an eight-year absence.

Former NRL star Suliasi Vunivalu was included after shining for the Reds since his offseason code switch.

Brumbies lock Cadeyrn Neville could be in line for a Test debut at age 32.

2021 Wallabies camp squad: Allan Alaalatoa, Tim Anstee, Tom Banks, Angus Bell, Filipo Daugunu, Pone Fa'amausili, Jake Gordon, Reece Hodge, Trevor Hosea, Len Ikitau, Feleti Kaitu'u, Josh Kemeny, Marika Koroibete, Noah Lolesio, Lachlan Lonergan, Alex Mafi, Tate McDermott, Fraser McReight, Andy Muirhead, Isi Naisarani, Cadeyrn Neville, James O'Connor, Hunter Paisami, Jordan Petaia, David Porecki, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Pete Samu, Irae Simone, James Slipper, Darcy Swain, Lachlan Swinton, Sitaleki Timani, Matt To'omua, Taniela Tupou, Seru Uru, Rob Valetini, Suliasi Vunivalu, Nic White, Harry Wilson, Tom Wright.