Deans makes sweeping changes

2012-06-07 07:26

Sydney - The Wallabies responded Thursday to their shock loss to Scotland this week by making eight changes to the starting line-up for the first Test against Six Nations champions Wales in Brisbane.

Coach Robbie Deans brought in five fresh forwards and three backs for Saturday's match, after his side were upset 9-6 by Six Nations wooden-spooners Scotland in Newcastle on Tuesday.

There will be an all-Waratahs front-row with Benn Robinson at loosehead, Sekope Kepu at tighthead and hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau.

Reds second rower Rob Simmons is reinstated for injured Sitaleki Timani, while Wycliff Palu is the new number eight.

Robinson will make his first appearance since the record 59-16 win over France in 2010 after missing all of last year's Tests with a serious knee injury.

In changes among the backs, Adam Ashley-Cooper was selected at fullback while Rob Horne will partner Pat McCabe in the centres. Injured winger Joe Tomane is replaced by Cooper Vuna.

"We're going out there to attack... and to turn the scoreboard over," Deans said. "We've got some plans that suit us and suit our playing group and the rest remains to be seen.

"We've got some firepower across the backline that we'll be wanting to bring into the game."

The Welsh have lost their last four matches against the Wallabies, including the World Cup third place playoff in New Zealand in October and a 24-18 defeat in Cardiff in December.

The Wallabies have won eight of the nine Tests played between the two sides in Australia, with the sole Welsh victory a 19-16 win in Sydney in 1969.



15 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 14 Cooper Vuna, 13 Rob Horne, 12 Pat McCabe, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Berrick Barnes, 9 Will Genia, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 David Pocock (captain), 6 Scott Higginbotham, 5 Nathan Sharpe, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Benn Robinson

Substitutes: 16 Stephen Moore, 17 Ben Alexander, 18 Dave Dennis, 19 Michael Hooper, 20 Nic White, 21 Anthony Fainga'a, 22 Mike Harris


15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Scott Williams, 11 George North, 10 Rhys Priestland, 9 Mike Phillips, 8 Toby Faletau, 7 Sam Warburton (captain), 6 Dan Lydiate, 5 Luke Charteris, 4 Bradley Davies, 3 Adam Jones, 2 Ken Owens, 1 Gethin Jenkins

Substitutes: 16 Matthew Rees, 17 Paul James, 18 Alun Wyn Jones, 19 Ryan Jones, 20 Lloyd Williams, 21 James Hook, 22 Ashley Beck

Referee: Craig Joubert (RSA)


  • anton.bohmer - 2012-06-07 08:25

    Wales must be licking their lips! An Australian team that has just been knocked down by Scotland. Aus without Cooper, Beale and O'Connor just lacks that magic and punch and I believe Wales will take them this Saturday.

      Boereroo - 2012-06-07 09:20

      Won't be so sure. On a dry pitch Oz still have plenty of fire power in the back with the likes of Ioane and AAC. Agree that the absence of QC, KB and JoC is big but still confident Aus will triumph. Welsh are never really effective outside Europe and six nations and as you know Brisbane is quite a fortress for Wallabies

  • Jonathan - 2012-06-07 08:30

    Must be overconfident as well. Playing Gethin Jenkins at eighth man and Sam Warburton at hooker. or is this another case of the famous Media24 accuracy again?

      Shaun - 2012-06-07 08:45

      Still no repair which shows they do not even take note of their readers comments :(

  • Jody - 2012-06-07 09:57

    Go WALES.

  • Tertius - 2012-06-07 10:00

    Just check the numbers guys, Just check the numbers! Did you notice that there are only 3 people with the surname Jones in the starting 22. Now THAT would would have confuddled the hell out of you if it was the old days!

  • tuckytatham - 2012-06-07 11:59

    Could be an issue with fatigue on the Welsh bench with a number of them only travelling this week to Australia after playing the Barbarians. Also a couple old horses on the bench, Rees, Jones and Jones might lack bite late in the second half. Will be a much better game then Tuesday fixture which isn't difficult. Still don't see too much evidence that suggests it will be a humdinger though.

  • john.edwards.733450 - 2012-06-08 06:23

    Who schedules a Tuesday and Sat international the week after a S15 round ? I thought we had little time to prep for Eng but this is just crazy . Anyhow, I'm rooting for a SH whitewash on Sat.

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