Dave Rennie refused to say they were dropped, but the second-year Wallabies coach has issued every player in Australia with a warning that incumbency counts for little. On Sunday Rennie dropped a bombshell by leaving out all three of the hookers he used in 2020 as he named a 40-man training squad ahead of the July Test series. While the squad is expected to be vastly different when he names his official squad in June, Rennie said “we’ve got to be brave in some of our selections” as he looks ahead to the 2023 World Cup in France. Justifiably 14 Brumbies and 12 Reds have been included, which is vindication for their strong campaigns to date in Super Rugby. While Rennie said those players could force their way into the squad when it’s officially named for the three-match series against France, it’s the kick up the backside they need.