Tongan Thor Included As Barbarians Squad Named For Australia Test
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What a team.
Quade Cooper will skipper the Barbarians against Australia next month and is one of 7 Wallabies included for the exciting fixture. 21-year-old tighthead prop, Taniela Tupou, otherwise known as the ‘Tongan Thor’ has also been included.
Tupou becomes eligible for the Wallabies on November 22, with his selection a perfect opportunity for Michael Cheika to take a look at him. In all 11 internationals have been named including Sam Carter, Pekahou Cowan, Luke Jones, Matt Hodgson, Eto Nabuli, Tim Nanai-Williams and Taqele Naiyaravoro.
Forwards: Richard Arnold (Force), Sam Carter (Brumbies & Australia), Pekahou Cowan (Force & Australia), Matt Hodgson (Force & Australia), Luke Jones (Bordeaux Begles & Australia), Kane Koteka (Force), Isi Naisarani (Force), Matt Philip (Force), Jacques Potgieter (Bulls, Sanix & South Africa), Anaru Rangi (Force), Andrew Ready (Reds), Taniela Tupou (Reds), Sam Ward (Warringah).
Backs: Tom Banks (Brumbies), Quade Cooper (Reds & Australia), Sam Greene (Toyota), George Moala (Blues & New Zealand), Eto Nabuli (Reds & Australia), Taqele Naiyaravoro (Waratahs & Australia), Tim Nanai-Williams (Chiefs & Samoa), Chance Peni (Force), Augustine Pulu (Blues & New Zealand), Michael Ruru (Force), Theo Strang (Sydney University).