Melbourne - Wing Rob Horne and flank Sean McMahon earned recalls to the
starting side for the Wallabies' clash with England at Twickenham on
Saturday in their final international of the year.
second successive defeats on their Northern Hemisphere tour, against
France and Ireland, Australia are under pressure to perform and coach
Michael Cheika has tinkered with the line-up.
The match has been
given added spice by the fact 2015 World Cup hosts England are in the
same pool as Australia at next year's global showpiece tournament.
handed Horne his first Test start in two years after the spot was
opened up by an ankle injury to centre Tevita Kuridrani.
Adam Ashley-Cooper will shift infield to replace Kuridrani at outside
centre while Horne was picked on the wing ahead of the unlucky Joe
Inside centre Matt Toomua - singled out for praise by
Cheika in the 26-23 loss in Dublin - and wing Henry Speight retain
McMahon, who made his Test debut against Wales three
weeks ago, replaces Luke Jones at blindside flanker after being rested
against the Irish last weekend.
He is part of a back-row including
captain Michael Hooper and Ben McCalman, locks Sam Carter and Rob
Simmons - winning his 50th Test cap - and a front-row of James
Slipper, Saia Fainga'a and Sekope Kepu.
In the backs, Nick Phipps and Bernard Foley continue their playmaking partnership alongside Israel Folau, Horne and Speight.
delayed the naming of his bench, leaving the likes of Kurtley Beale,
Quade Cooper and Will Genia to sweat on making the final cut.Teams:
Australia: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Henry Speight 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Sean McMahon, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Sam Carter, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Saia Faingaa, 1 James Slipper