Callan, Kuenzle and Robertson selected in Australia A Squad for Japan Tour

Australia A coach Jason Gilmore has confirmed three Western Force players in his squad for the upcoming three-match tour against Japan XV.

This selection denotes Ollie Callan's first call up to an international squad having returned from a kidney contusion late in the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific season.

The 22-year-old attests he is ready to take this next step and rise to the opportunity of selection.

“I’m excited to be included in the squad, now I’ll put my best foot forward to be selected for a game,” Callan stated.

“I’ll be in an established environment so hopefully I can bring a few key learnings into my game, further preparing myself for the 2023 season.”

With the Japan league widely known to be fast and agile, Bayley Kuenzle admits this opportunity can strengthen his endurance capacity after missing several games this season due to concussion.

“It will be a great step up to play with the others selected, I have been watching a few of the Japan league clips, the style of ruby over there is a bit quicker so hopefully I can level up and grow with the experience,” Kuenzle mentioned.

“I’m looking forward to being apart of it and love being on tour, to be able to play for Australia is pretty cool.”

Tom Robertson returns and is one of the 12 capped Wallabies named in the group. Force’s new fly-half Hamish Stewart also makes his return to the international touring squad.

The tour that kicks off on October 1 inTokyo and provides an opportunity for those to push their Test cases ahead of the Wallabies End of Year Tour and gain invaluable experience and game time against International opposition.

Australia A coach Jason Gilmore said: “It’s great to have these three matches coming up to continue the development and give our players more game time against high level international opposition."

“With Dave Rennie’s guidance, we’ve picked the best possible players who are available and everyone’s really excited to put the work in on the training paddock and perform well over in Japan.”

Australia A squad for Japan Tour

Richie Asiata, Queensland Reds

Tom Banks, ACT Brumbies

Ollie Callan, Western Force

Jock Campbell, Queensland Reds

Hudson Creighton, ACT Brumbies

Filipo Daugunu, Queensland Reds

Ben Donaldson, NSW Waratahs

Tane Edmed, NSW Waratahs

Pone Fa'amausili, Melbourne Rebels

Nick Frost, ACT Brumbies

Matt Gibbon, Melbourne Rebels 

Langi Gleeson, NSW Waratahs

Ned Hanigan, NSW Waratahs

Isaac Henry, Queensland Reds

Archer Holz, NSW Waratahs

Harry Hoopert, Queensland Reds

Max Jorgensen*, NSW Waratahs

Bayley Kuenzle, Western Force

Lachlan Lonergan, ACT Brumbies

Ryan Lonergan, , ACT Brumbies

Mark Nawaqanitawase, NSW Waratahs

Caderyn Neville, ACT Brumbies

Dylan Pietsch, NSW Waratahs

Billy Pollard, ACT Brumbies

Tom Robertson, Western Force

Rory Scott, ACT Brumbies

Ryan Smith, Queensland Reds

Hamish Stewart, Western Force

Darcy Swain, ACT Brumbies

James Tuttle, Melbourne Rebels

Seru Uru, Queensland Reds

Suli Vunivalu, Queensland Reds

Brad Wilkin, Melbourne Rebels

Teddy Wilson, NSW Waratahs

*denotes Development Player

Australia A vs Japan XV Tour

Saturday, October 1, at Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium in Tokyo

Saturday, October 8, at Best Denki Stadium in Fukuoka

Friday, October 14, at Yodoko Sakura Stadium in Osaka