Wallabies add eight to squad

Date published: November 14 2016

Jono Lance will join a contingent of eight players to become part of the Wallabies touring party this week, with the prospect of being selected for Australia's third Test against France

Lance will join Australia’s seven Barbarians players – Toby Smith, Sam Carter, Nic Stirzaker, Paddy Ryan, Luke Morahan, Taqele Naiyaravoro and Andrew Ready – in Paris this week ahead of the third Test and a midweek tour match on November 24 against the French Barbarians.

The group will train alongside the Wallabies and will be based in the south of France ahead of a November 24 match in Bordeaux against the French team.

These eight would potentially join the Wallabies development players – Andrew Kellaway, Jack Dempsey and Izaia Perese – as well as high-profile squad addition, Marika Koroibete in featuring in a Wallabies XV to take on the French Barbarians.

Taniela Tupou is the only development player not eligible to play in any match, with the Reds youngster still short of the three-year residency required to represent Australia at a senior level.

"We had always planned to bring in these players for the France week after the seven lads wrapped up with the Barbarians,"  Cheika said.

"Five of the players have Test experience for the Wallabies and while it's good to bolster our numbers ahead of the Wallaby XV game against the French Barbarians, we may consider them for selection against France this weekend."