06 Sep Arnold Starts; Six Brumbies in Wallabies Boks Brigade
Rory Arnold has been selected to start at lock for the Wallabies crunch clash with the Springboks in Brisbane this Saturday.
Arnold is one of six Plus500 Brumbies in Michael Cheika’s re-jigged Wallabies squad, with Joe Powell also earning a re-call to claim a spot in the reserves.
Scott Sio and Allan Alaalatoa renew their prop-partnership for the Boks test after fixing the Wallabies scrum woes in Eden Park a fortnight ago.
Rounding out the Capital contingent is Folau Fainga’a. Fainga’a beat out stiff competition from Tolu Latu and Brandon Paenga-Amosa for the replacment rake job, his hat-trick in Canberra Vikings colours last weekend perhaps earning Fainga’a the right.
Cheika has picked Kurtley Beale at flyhalf with Matt Toomua selected at inside-centre, the former Brumbies first start in Gold since re-signing in Australia.
In a further change to the backs, Israel Folau returns to the side at fullback after an ankle injury ruled out him out of the second Bledisloe Cup Test in Auckland. Prop sensation Taniela Tupou has overcome a hamstring complaint to take his place on the bench.
Australia and South Africa couldn’t be split in the two encounters last year with a 23-all draw in Perth before playing out a 27-all draw in Bloemfontein, South Africa.
It’s been a happy hunting ground for the Wallabies at Suncorp Stadium recently though, with the Wallabies having won their last four games in Brisbane.
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Qantas Wallabies team to play South Africa at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane on Saturday 8 September, 8.05pm AEST
1. Scott Sio (47 Tests)
2. Tatafu Polota-Nau (84 Tests)
3. Allan Alaalatoa (25 Tests)
4. Rory Arnold (15 Tests)
5. Adam Coleman (25 Tests)
6. Lukhan Tui (9 Tests)
7. Michael Hooper (c) (84 Tests)
8. David Pocock (71 Tests)
9. Will Genia (92 Tests)
10. Kurtley Beale (76 Tests)
11. Marika Koroibete (13 Tests)
12. Matt Toomua (35 Tests)
13. Reece Hodge (29 Tests)
14. Dane Haylett-Petty (23 Tests)
15. Israel Folau (66 Tests)
16. Folau Faingaa (1 Test)
17. Tom Robertson (23 Tests)
18. Taniela Tupou (4 Tests)
19. Izack Rodda (9 Tests)
20. Ned Hanigan (13 Tests)
21. Joe Powell (4 Tests)
22. Bernard Foley (60 Tests)
23. Jack Maddocks (2 Tests)