Naiyavoro, Carter & Hanson join Wallabies squad

The Wallabies have called Taqele Naiyaravoro, Sam Carter and James Hanson into
a 34-man squad in the USA for their upcoming Test against USA Eagles at Soldier
Field, Chicago

Hanson and Carter will link with the squad in Indiana following solid performances
during the opening rounds of the National Rugby Championship, while Naiyaravoro
arrived at the team’s camp at Notre Dame University from London this afternoon
after playing in the Barbarians’ 27-24 win over Samoa.

All three players were involved in last week’s camp in Sydney as part
of the wider Wallabies training squad and will continue to play a role in the
team’s preparation for the USA match.

“There is a specific role for these players heading over here to the
US, which will assist our preparations for this Saturday’s match and the Rugby
World Cup,” said Cheika.

“It’s crucial we continue to improve as a collective and having
Taqele, Sam and James here in the US allows them to stay connected to the group,
and will help us throughout our preparation and training.”

125kg winger Naiyaravoro and hooker Hanson have been involved with the Wallabies
squad since the opening training camp on the Sunshine Coast in July, while Brumbies
lock Carter has impressed in his return from a serious knee injury.

“We’ve been watching Taqele with great interest throughout The
Rugby Championship and during his World XV and Barbarians matches,” said
Cheika.

“Sam has been very impressive at training since returning from injury
and a standout during his NRC matches in recent weeks. Both he and James are
arriving late to this camp as we wanted both players to fulfil their commitments
to their respective NRC Clubs on the weekend.”

The historic Test against the USA Eagles will be Australia’s first in the USA
in almost 40 years and just the fourth match the Wallabies have played on US
soil.

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