Gill, Beale on Wallaby bench

2012-08-24 09:01

Auckland - Reds flank Liam Gill has been handed a chance to earn his debut cap for Australia after being named on the Wallabies bench for Saturday's second Bledisloe Cup Test against New Zealand.

Gill fills the reserve spot vacated by Michael Hooper, who was promoted to the starting line-up to replace the injured David Pocock.

Wallabies selectors also opted to include hooker Saia Fainga'a on the bench to replace Tatafu Polota-Nau, who was a late scratching from the match due to severe bruising.

The Wallabies held off naming their reserves for the match in Auckland until Friday to assess the injury situation.

Teams:

New Zealand:

15 Israel Dagg, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Ma'a Nonu, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Daniel Carter, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (captain), 6 Liam Messam, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Wyatt Crockett

Substitutes: 16 Andrew Hore, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Brodie Retallick, 19 Victor Vito, 20 Piri Weepu, 21 Aaron Cruden, 22 Ben Smith

Australia:

15 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 14 Drew Mitchell, 13 Rob Horne, 12 Berrick Barnes, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia (captain), 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Dave Dennis, 5 Nathan Sharpe, 4 Sitaleki Timani, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Benn Robinson

Substitutes: 16 Saia Fainga'a, 17 James Slipper, 18 Radike Samo, 19 Liam Gill, 20 Nick Phipps, 21 Anthony Fainga'a 22 Kurtley Beale

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