Foley, Genia back for Wallabies

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 12:46
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has made three changes to his starting XV ahead of the Test against Wales in Cardiff on Saturday.

Bernard Foley (illness) and Will Genia (calf) have been named after missing last weekend's clash against Japan with Reece Hodge shifting back to the wing at the expense of Henry Speight, who starred against the Brave Blossoms.

Samu Kerevi has retained his spot in the centres alongside Tevita Kuridrani with Kurtley Beale to wear the No.15 jersey, as he did in Yokohama.

Karmichael Hunt is the sole change to the reserves bench after overcoming a neck complaint, giving the three-Test utility another opportunity in the international arena after injury ruined his Rugby Championship campaign.

"I think Samu's a very, very good player and I know he hasn't had it all his way this year so I'm eager to see him fight back and hold a spot in the team. 

"A really good thing for us is we've got options around how we can set up because Karmichael can go to fullback or centre, Samu can go No.12 or No.13, Hodge can play pretty much anywhere now, and Beale can play No.12, fullback or flyhalf if we need.

"There was a lot happening last week, we lost a lot of players between that Barbarians game then the tour. If you look at our team, a lot of players haven’t got much experience playing in the northern hemisphere so it’s good to have some experience around them this week." 

Australia: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Marika Koroibete, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Reece Hodge, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Will Genia, 8 Sean McMahon, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Scott Sio.          
Replacements: 16 Stephen Moore, 17 Tom Robertson, 18 Allan Alaalatoa, 19 Matt Philip, 20 Ben McCalman, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Karmichael Hunt, 23 Henry Speight.

Date: Saturday, November 11
Venue: Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Kick-off: 17.15 (17.15 GMT; 04.15 AEDT, Sunday, November 12)
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Ian Tempest (England)
TMO: Graham Hughes (England)