Cardiff - Australia have recalled banned backs Adam Ashley-Cooper and Nick
Cummins to the starting line-up for their final Test of the year against
Wales in Cardiff on Saturday.
Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie had
dished out one-match bans to six of his tour party after an
inappropriate drinking session prior to the win over Ireland in Dublin a
Versatile back Ashley-Cooper and Cummins were
amongst those stood down from the win over Scotland last weekend but
both return to face Six Nations champions Wales along with front rowers
Tatafu Polota-Nau and Benn Robinson, who were named on the bench.
Paddy Ryan will serve his one-match ban this week after playing against
the Scots, while flank Liam Gill misses out on the matchday squad
altogether as Australia look to make it nine consecutive wins against
Ashley-Cooper will start at outside centre in place of
Mike Harris, who drops to the bench with Cummins back on the wing in
place of Chris Feauai-Sautia, who scored a try in the 21-15 win over the
Scots at Murrayfield.
The pack remains unchanged but Dave Dennis
and Kane Douglas are named amongst the replacements instead of strong
scrummager Sitaleki Timani, with McKenzie hopeful the duo can make an
impact off the bench on the Welsh lineout.
source of (Wales') innovative play comes from lineouts," the coach told
Australia media on the announcement of the team on Thursday.
been going quite well on the lineout in attack and defence, so it's an
area where we think there's some strategic opportunity.
pressure there is that we can generate, the ball goes into touch, we
want to be able to play from the lineout, and they like to, too, so if
we can deny them opportunity that changes the nature of the game."
losing their opening test on the European tour against England earlier
this month, the Wallabies have beaten Italy, Ireland and the Scots over
the last three weeks.
Coached by Warren Gatland, who guided the
British and Irish Lions to a Test series win over Australia in July that
resulted in Robbie Deans axing as coach and the appointment of
McKenzie, Wales have enjoyed a mixed November.
outmuscled by South Africa before bouncing back with a convincing win
over Argentina before a 17-7 victory over Tonga last week.
Kick-off is at 19:00 SA time.Teams:
15 Israel Folau, 14 Joe Tomane, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Christian
Leali'lifano, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Ben
Mowen (captain), 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 James Horwill, 4 Rob
Simmons, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 James Slipper.
Substitutes: 16 Tatafu Polota Nau, 17 Benn Robinson, 18 Ben Alexander, 19 Kane
Douglas, 20 Dave Dennis, 21 Nic White, 22 Mike Harris, 23 Bernard Foley