Rugby Championship

Wallabies change 1 for Pumas showdown

2017-09-14 06:42
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Canberra - Experienced lock Rob Simmons was the only change made on Thursday to the Wallabies starting team for this weekend's Rugby Championship Test against Argentina, with wing Marika Koroibete set to make his debut.

Simmons will line up in Canberra for his 75th Test cap alongside Adam Coleman with Rory Arnold left out of the matchday squad.

Queensland Reds lock Izack Rodda will get the chance to claim his second Test cap if called upon from the bench for Saturday's international.

Coach Michael Cheika spelt out why the Canberra-based lock Arnold was left out.

"Rory's work-rate needs to be higher," Cheika told reporters.

"Consistency is king. We've had some good leads but we haven't been able to be consistent through the games and I want to make sure that every player knows that.

"Rory played at an excellent standard in the Dunedin game (against the All Blacks) and he needs to maintain that."

Former National Rugby League winger Koroibete was also named among the replacements and is set to become the 10th Wallabies debutant this year.

Koroibete, who played for the Melbourne Storm in the NRL before switching to the Melbourne Rebels, displaces Curtis Rona among the reserves.

"I want him to get the ball and take someone on, that's when he's so good," Cheika said of Koroibete.

"His strength is that he's got some serious ability when it comes to carrying the ball at the opposition."

Rebels teammate Jordan Uelese holds on to his spot on the bench ahead of former skipper Stephen Moore.

Moore returned to the Wallabies camp this week after missing last week's 23-23 draw with the Springboks in Perth due to the birth of his third child.

But Cheika preferred youngster Uelese, who made an assured debut last weekend and will have the back-up role to starting hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau.

"It's pretty clear we've got a plan on where we're heading around the construction of the team and I think it's a logical decision," Cheika said.

"Steve (Moore) will get himself right and get some hard training under his belt and get himself right for the (European) tour later in the year."

Australia are currently third on the Rugby Championship standings following a draw and two defeats, while Argentina are yet to register a point after two defeats to South Africa and another loss to New Zealand.

The Wallabies have won their last four games against the Pumas while Argentina have won only once in Australia with an 18-3 victory in Brisbane in 1983.

Teams:

Australia

15 Israel Folau, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kurtley Beale, 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

Substitutes: 16 Jordan Uelese, 17 Tom Robertson, 18 Allan Alaalatoa, 19 Izack Rodda, 20 Jack Dempsey, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Samu Kerevi, 23 Marika Koroibete

Argentina

15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Matias Moroni, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jeronimo de la Fuente, 11 Ramiro Moyano, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Martin Landajo, 8 Tomas Lezana, 7 Javier Ortega Desio, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Matias Alemanno, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2 Agustin Creevy (captain), 1 Lucas Noguera

Substitutes: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Santiago Garcia Botta, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Marcos Kremer, 20 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 21 Tomas Cubelli, 22 Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 23 Manuel Montero

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