Wallaby Latu keen to fly with the Eagles

PERTH one week – Fiji the next. NSW Country Eagles hooker Tolu Latu has been released from the Wallabies squad for the Test against Argentina in Canberra this weekend.

Latu was called into the wider Wallabies group last week when former skipper Stephen Moore stayed home in Brisbane for the birth of his third child.

Moore rejoined the group along with Queensland Reds lock Lukhan Tui in Canberra. Tui gets his chance after two impressive performances for Brisbane City in the NRC.

The rookie lock will join his Australian teammates on Monday with Kane Douglas set to return to Brisbane in search of game time.

Eagles coach Darren Coleman will be keen to get Latu to Fiji and on the field after they lost their first game of the NRC in Week One.

They went down 44-23 to the Greater Sydney Rams at TG Millner and will be keen to get some points on the competition log.

Dane Haylett-Petty is the only other change to the squad, with the winger to miss the remainder of the season following biceps surgery.

Australia last played in Canberra back in 2010, when the Wallabies ran out 49-3 winners of Fiji with Kurtley Beale grabbing two tries.

It’s been 17 years since Argentina’s last visit to the nation’s capital, with current assistant coach Stephen Larkham starring in the 32-25 win.


Allan Alaalatoa, 15 Tests, Brumbies

Rory Arnold, 15 Tests, Brumbies

Adam Coleman, 14 Tests, Western Force

Jack Dempsey, 2 Tests, NSW Waratahs

Tetera Faulkner, 2 Tests, Western Force

Ned Hanigan, 6 Tests, NSW Waratahs

Michael Hooper (c), 71 Tests, NSW Waratahs

Sekope Kepu, 83 Tests, NSW Waratahs

Adam Korczyk*, Queensland Reds

Sean McMahon, 18 Tests, Melbourne Rebels

Stephen Moore, 122 Tests, Queensland Reds

Tatafu Polota-Nau, 74 Tests, Western Force

Tom Robertson, 12 Tests, NSW Waratahs

Izack Rodda, 1 Test, Queensland Reds

Rob Simmons, 74 Tests, Queensland Reds

Scott Sio, 35 Tests, Brumbies

Lopeti Timani, 9 Tests, Melbourne Rebels

Lukhan Tui*, Queensland Reds

Jordan Uelese, 1 Test, Melbourne Rebels


Kurtley Beale, 63 Tests, NSW Waratahs

Israel Folau, 58 Tests, NSW Waratahs

Bernard Foley (vc), 48 Tests, NSW Waratahs

Will Genia (vc), 81 Tests

Reece Hodge, 16 Tests, Melbourne Rebels

Samu Kerevi, 10 Tests, Queensland Reds

Marika Koroibete*, Melbourne Rebels

Tevita Kuridrani, 50 Tests, Brumbies

Billy Meakes*, Western Force

Izaia Perese*, Queensland Reds

Nick Phipps, 54 Tests, NSW Waratahs

Joe Powell, 2 Tests, Brumbies

Curtis Rona, 2 Tests, Western Force

Henry Speight, 15 Tests, Brumbies

*denotes uncapped player