After an impressive season with both the Force and the Perth Spirit, uncapped Matt Philip has been called up to the Wallabies squad for the upcoming spring tour to Japan and the UK. 

Cheika said Philip had ‘improved out of sight’ in a career-best year.

Matt joins 4 other Students, Bernard Foley, Ben McCalman, Nick Phipps and Tom Robertson, while Folau Fainga’a and Jake Gordon unfortunately miss out on the tour. 

Wallabies squad for Spring Tour


Allan Alaalatoa (19 Tests, Canberra Vikings, 23)

Adam Coleman (18 Tests, Perth Spirit, 26)

Blake Enever* (uncapped, Canberra Vikings, 26)

Tetera Faulkner (3 Tests, Perth Spirit, 29)

Ned Hanigan (9 Tests, NSW Country Eagles, 22)

Michael Hooper (c) (75 Tests, Sydney Rays, 26)

Sekope Kepu (87 Tests, NSW Country Eagles, 31)

Ben McCalman (49 Tests, Perth Spirit, 29)

Sean McMahon (22 Tests, Melbourne Rising, 23)

Stephen Moore (125 Tests, Queensland Country, 34)

Matt Philip* (uncapped, Perth Spirit, 23)

Tatafu Polota-Nau (78 Tests, Perth Spirit, 32)

Tom Robertson (15 Tests, NSW Country Eagles, 23)

Rob Simmons (78 Tests, Queensland Country, 28)

Scott Sio (39 Tests, Canberra Vikings, 26)

Lopeti Timani (9 Tests, Melbourne Rising, 27)

Lukhan Tui (3 Tests, Brisbane City, 21)

Jordan Uelese (2 Tests, Melbourne Rising, 20)


Kurtley Beale (67 Tests, NSW Country Eagles, 28)

Bernard Foley (vc) (52 Tests, NSW Country Eagles, 28)

Will Genia (vc) (85 Tests, Melbourne Rising, 29)

Reece Hodge (20 Tests, Melbourne Rising, 23)

Karmichael Hunt (3 Tests, Brisbane City, 30)

Samu Kerevi (14 Tests, Brisbane City, 24)

Marika Koroibete (4 Tests, Melbourne Rising, 25)

Tevita Kuridrani (54 Tests, Canberra Vikings, 26)

Billy Meakes* (uncapped, Perth Spirit, 26)

Izaia Perese* (uncapped, Queensland Country, 20)

Nick Phipps (58 Tests, Greater Sydney Rams, 28)

Joe Powell (2 Tests, Canberra Vikings, 23)

Curtis Rona (2 Tests, Perth Spirit, 25)

Henry Speight (17 Tests, Canberra Vikings, 29)

Development Players

Jack Maddocks* (uncapped, Melbourne Rising, 20)

Liam Wright* (uncapped, Queensland Country, 19)

*denotes uncapped player