Eddie Jones axes fullback Tom Wright in Wallabies cull for All Blacks Bledisloe Cup tests

Eddie Jones axes fullback Tom Wright in Wallabies cull for All Blacks Bledisloe Cup tests

By Alipate Narawa
Friday 21/07/2023
Photo:Yahoo! Sports

Out-of-form test fullback Tom Wright has gone from the Wallabies starting side to out of a 34-man squad entirely, after coach Eddie Jones wielded the axe ahead the Bledisloe Cup series.

Wright was one of several high-profile casualties following the Wallabies’ opening two defeats against South Africa and Argentina, along with Pete Samu and Reece Hodge, who were also left out as Jones welcomed back several injured players into the main squad.

Wright has paid the price for a poor game against the Pumas in Sydney, in which several mistakes allowed the Pumas to build pressure on Australia.

The return of Andrew Kellaway from a hamstring injury has prompted Jones to jettison Wright, despite his ability to play wing as well.

Suliasi Vunivalu remains in the squad.

The return of Langi Gleeson, Kellaway and Jordan Petaia from the Wallabies ‘rehab’ group goes some way to explaining the exits of Samu, Wright and Hodge.

Having missed the Pumas clash with a calf injury, Michael Hooper is listed in the rehab group but the Wallabies captain says he should be fit to play against the All Blacks in Melbourne.

Source: Stuff.co

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