Gold Coast - Flank
David Pocock and back Israel Folau were declared fit enough to be
included in the starting line-up on Thursday in a big boost for the
Wallabies ahead of their weekend clash with Argentina.
Both players were late scratchings from Australia's team against
South Africa in Brisbane on Saturday, but were named in the run-on XV
for their Rugby Championship showdown against the Pumas on the Gold
Folau injured his ankle in the opening Bledisloe Cup match against
New Zealand on August 18, while Pocock has been struggling with a neck
issue after being targeted by the All Blacks in Auckland three weeks
While Folau returns, he will be on the wing with coach Michael Cheika
opting to keep Dane Haylett-Petty in the No 15 jersey after two
standout displays at fullback.
Bernard Foley is again on the bench after Cheika's experiment with
Kurtley Beale at No 10 and Matt Toomua at inside centre paid off in
their narrow 23-11 win over the Springboks.
Adam Coleman returns to Wallabies camp after the birth of his first
child and will start as a replacement, while Sekope Kepu is set to earn
his 97th cap after also being named among the reserves.
15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Israel Folau, 13 Reece Hodge, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Marika Koroibete,
10 Kurtley Beale, 9 Will Genia, 8 David Pocock, 7 Michael
Hooper (captain), 6 Lukhan Tui, 5 Izack Rodda, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan
Alaalatoa, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Scott Sio
Substitutes: 16 Folau Faingaa, 17 Sekope Kepu, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Adam
Coleman, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Bernard Foley, 23 Jack Maddocks
15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Jeronimo de
la Fuente, 11 Ramiro Moyano, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Javier
Ortega Desio, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti,
3 Santiago Medrano, 2 Agustin Creevy (captain), 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro
Substitutes: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Santiago Garcia Botta, 18 Juan Pablo
Zeiss, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 21 Martin Landajo, 22
Bautista Ezcurra, 23 Juan Cruz Mallia