Cape Town - Playmakers Matt Giteau, Quade
Cooper and Will Genia return to the Wallabies starting line-up for their Rugby
Championship Test against the Springboks in Brisbane on Saturday.
Giteau will earn his 93rd Test cap in the No
12 jersey following a four-year absence from the Wallabies programme.
inside Giteau will be the Reds pairing of Genia and Cooper, who return to the
run-on team together for the first time since November 2013.
returning trio make up three of the four total changes to the team which ran
out against England at Twickenham in the final Test of the 2014, with the other
change being the return of Tevita Kuridrani at outside centre.
The return of these playmakers could spell
danger for the Springboks, especially if the South Africans do not stamp their authority
on matters up front.
Enough front-foot ball could see the Aussie
trio wreck havoc.
Wallabies coach, Michael Cheika, is excited
by having the trio in his starting line-up.
“With new combinations comes a new level of
energy to our team environment and Will, Quade and Matt certainly bring that,”
Cheika told Australian Rugby’s official website.
“Matt is a true professional and his impact
on the team dynamic has been immediate. His form in Toulon and work ethic since
joining the squad has been first class.
“I could not have been happier with the
first two weeks of preparation here in Queensland. These players know they
represent a squad of over 50 players who will have some involvement within the
Wallabies programme at different stages of the year.”
Kick-off for Saturday’s clash at Suncorp
Stadium is scheduled for 12:05 (SA time).
15 Israel Folau, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13
Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Giteau, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia,
8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Will
Skelton, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 1 James Slipper
Substitutes: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 Scott
Sio, 18 Greg Holmes, 19 James Horwill, 20 David Pocock, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Matt
Toomua, 23 Drew Mitchell
15 Willie le Roux, 14 JP Pietersen, 13
Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Ruan
Pienaar, 8 Schalk Burger, 7 Marcell Coetzee, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Victor Matfield
(captain), 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Beast
Substitutes: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Heinke
van der Merwe, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Lood de Jager, 20 Oupa Mohoje, 21 Cobus
Reinach, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Lwazi Mvovo