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