Wallabies squad includes Allora prop Greg Holmes
RUGBY UNION: He might be heading to England at the end of the Super rugby season but that hasn’t stopped Allora prop Greg Holmes from being selected in the Qantas Wallabies 39-man training squad.
The squad will assemble in Caloundra on Sunday ahead of the highly-anticipated 2016 England Series which kicks off at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on June 11.
Coach Michael Cheika indicated his squad is in for a torrid preparation ahead of the historic three-Test series against the reigning Six Nations champions.
"We’ve been working with an initial squad of 60 players we identified, which has been reduced to 39 for this camp. We’ll trim that number down to 30 for each Test, so competition for spots is everything.
"Our first week in camp will target a high intensity training attitude, building on combinations within that environment. We want to build on the identity we’ve worked hard on establishing over the past 18 months."
When Holmes moves to play with Exeter in England, he will still be in contention for the Wallabies as Cheika has looked at form around the world in finalising his current squad.
He has called on four internationally-based players for the initial camp this year, James Horwill, Leroy Houston, Sekope Kepu and Tauele Naiyaravoro.
The 39-man squad also includes four uncapped Reds backs Nick Frisby, Karmichael Hunt, Eto Naruli and Samu Kerevi.
Qantas Wallabies 39-man training squad for the 2016 England Series (in alphabetical order):
Allan Ala’alatoa (Brumbies)
Rory Arnold (Brumbies)
Sam Carter (Brumbies)
Adam Coleman (Western Force)
Scott Fardy (Brumbies)
Israel Folau (NSW Waratahs)
Bernard Foley (NSW Waratahs)
Nick Frisby (Queensland Reds)
Liam Gill (Queensland Reds)
James Hanson (Melbourne Rebels)
Mike Harris (Melbourne Rebels)
Dane Haylett-Petty (Western Force)
Greg Holmes (Queensland Reds)
Michael Hooper (NSW Waratahs)
Rob Horne (NSW Waratahs)
James Horwill (Harlequins)
Leroy Houston (Queensland Reds)
Karmichael Hunt (Queensland Reds)
Sekope Kepu (Bordeaux)
Samu Kerevi (Queensland Reds)
Tevita Kuridrani (Brumbies)
Christian Leali’ifano (Brumbies)
Ben McCalman (Western Force)
Sean McMahon (Melbourne Rebels)
Stephen Moore (c) (Brumbies)
Luke Morahan (Western Force)
Dean Mumm (NSW Waratahs)
Eto Nabuli (Queensland Reds)
Taqele Naiyaravoro (NSW Waratahs)
Wycliff Palu (NSW Waratahs)
Nick Phipps (NSW Waratahs)
David Pocock (Brumbies)
Tatafu Polota-Nau (NSW Waratahs)
Joe Powell (Brumbies)
Rob Simmons (Queensland Reds)
Scott Sio (Brumbies)
Will Skelton (NSW Waratahs)
James Slipper (Queensland Reds)
Toby Smith (Melbourne Rebels)