Port Elizabeth - Skipper
Michael Hooper returns as Australia made four changes for their
Rugby Championship clash with South Africa in Port Elizabeth
WATCH: Springboks to honour Nelson Mandela in Port Elizabeth
The flank was a late injury-related withdrawal from the Wallabies
team beaten 23-19 at home by Argentina two weeks ago - their third loss
in four Championship Tests this season.
Hooper takes over the captaincy and loose forward roles of David
Pocock, who switches to number eight in place of injured Pete Samu.
In another back-row change, Ned Hanigan comes in on the other flank
for Lukhan Tui, who did not travel after an ugly spat with a supporter
after the Gold Coast beating by the Pumas.
Tui requested a break from international rugby following the recent
death of his stepfather and the altercation with a spectator, who pushed
a sister of the Wallaby after the Test.
Lock Adam Coleman replaces Rory Arnold and tighthead prop Taniela
Tupou will make his run-on debut with Allan Alaalatoa dropping to the
Scott Sio is set to win his 50th cap on the opposite side of the
front row for the Test at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in the coastal
Coach Michael Cheika kept faith with flyhalf Kurtley Beale and
scrum-half Will Genia amid media calls for playmaker Bernard Foley to
start instead of being on the bench.
Australia beat South Africa 23-18 in Brisbane this month, but lie
last in the Championship standings with only five points from a possible
Trophy-holders and world champions New Zealand have 16 points, South
Africa 10 and Argentina eight with two rounds to go in the southern
Tradition is against the Wallabies this weekend as they have drawn
one and lost four of five Championship matches in the republic.
In fact, Australia haven’t tasted victory in South Africa since 2011, but did earn a draw in the country last year, when the sides fought to a 27-all stalemate in Bloemfontein.
Saturday’s clash will be the first meeting between the two sides in Port Elizabeth since 1963, when South Africa won 22-6.
15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 RG Snyman, 20 Marco van Staden, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Damian Willemse
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 Ned Hanigan, 5 Izack Rodda, 4 Adam Coleman, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Scott Sio
Substitutes: 16 Folau Faingaa, 17 Sekope Kepu, 18 Allan Alaalatoa, 19 Rory Arnold, 20 Rob Simmons, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Bernard Foley, 23 Jack Maddocks