Rugby

Wallabies name team for Wales clash

2016-11-03 14:36
David Pocock (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - The Wallabies have named their side for Saturday's clash against Wales in Cardiff.

It is the first match of the Wallabies' northern hemisphere tour.

"We believe that we have the right strategy, it’s just about getting ball. Wales are quite good at the defensive lineout, they’ve got some tall timber so we’ll have to be on our game to get that but what we’ve got we’ll back that," Wallabies coach Michael Cheika said.

"We have to make sure our lineout’s working. We can’t play the game without the set piece. We’re very well aware of that. We know that will be a big challenge for us to make sure our lineout is strong in that formation.

Cheika has resisted moving Israel Folau into the starting 13 jersey as well, with Tevita Kuridrani replacing the injured Samu Kerevi for the Welsh match.

"Not at this stage," he said.

"I think Dane’s (Haylett-Petty’s) also played really well on the wing. I know he’s a fullback by trade but I think he’s really made the most of his opportunities...and I don’t think changing that around was that necessary at this point."

Hooker Tolu Latu’s meteoric rise from the NRC could be capped with a Wallabies debut against Wales as well, with James Hanson out of the 23, while Cheika has gone back to an experienced group on the bench, with Scott Fardy and James Slipper coming onto the bench for the clash.

Teams:

Wales

15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 George North, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Rhys Webb, 8 Ross Moriarty, 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 Dan Lydiate, 5 Luke Charteris, 4 Bradley Davies, 3 Samson Le, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Gethin Jenkins (captain)

Substitutes: 16 Scott Baldwin, 17 Nicky Smith, 18 Tomas Francis, 19 Cory Hill, 20 James King, 21 Gareth Davies, 22 Sam Davies, 23 Hallam Amos

Australia

Australia: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Dane Haylett-Petty, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Reece Hodge, 11 Henry Speight, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Lopeti Timani, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 David Pocock, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 1 Scott Sio

Substitutes: 16 Tolu Latu, 17 James Slipper, 18 Allan Alaalatoa, 19 Rob Simmons, 20 Scott Fardy, 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Quade Cooper, 23 Sefa Naivalu

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