Waratahs hooker Latu joins Wallabies to replace injured Uelese

Tolu Latu Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images

New South Wales Waratahs hooker Tolu Latu has joined the Wallabies squad to take on Ireland after it was confirmed that Rebels hooker Jordan Uelese had torn his ACL

Uelese drops out of the 33-man squad which was already struggling for experience in the crucial hooking role.

"Right now he's our most-capped hooker in Australia, so he's got that little bit of experience playing in the big match atmosphere," Wallabies coach Michael Cheika said of Latu.

"Anaru Rangi has had a really good season with Melbourne too so he's definitely not out of the equation. I'm just keen for the two uncapped hookers (Paenga-Amosa and Fainga'a) to have a little experience around."

The team to face Ireland in the first Test at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday will be named tomorrow.