Enever and Philip make Wallabies squad
Brumbies lock Blake Enever has been included in the Wallabies squad for their end-of-year tour, with Force lock Matt Philip also named.
Enever and Philip are two new second-row faces in the 32-man squad, which also includes development players Jack Maddocks and Liam Wright.
Philip was one of the standouts in Super Rugby, mentioned as an outside chance for Test opportunities through the year, but Enever’s selection is the biggest shock.
A quad injury for Rory Arnold, initially thought to be a corked knee, and shoulder surgery for Izack Rodda have whittled away Australia’s second row depth.
Lukhan Tui will also sit out the first two matches on tour after pulling his hamstring against the Barbarians on Saturday, leaving some lock spots open.
Cheika said Enever was surprised at the call-up, notified just hours before Canberra’s NRC game against the Greater Sydney Rams.
The athletic lock has the ability to potentially switch into the back row as well.