Dublin - Fijian-born winger Henry Speight will make his Test debut for
Australia in one of four team changes made on Thursday for this
weekend's Test against Ireland in Dublin.
Speight will become the
third player to make his debut for Australia on this month's European
tour, joining Sean McMahon and Tetera Faulkner.
has been knocking on the door for Test selection after some exciting
attacking displays for the ACT Brumbies in this year's Super 15 season.
has done all the right things to earn his selection, has had an
outstanding Super Rugby season and deserves his opportunity to play for
Australia," coach Michael Cheika said.
"He is very passionate
about representing Australia and we're all looking forward to seeing him
bring his best attributes to our game."
In other changes made by
Cheika following last week's 29-26 loss to France in Paris, lock Sam
Carter, back-row Luke Jones and centre Matt Toomua come into the
Jones, of the Melbourne Rebels, gets his first run-on
opportunity for the Wallabies in his second Test match following his
debut against France in Melbourne in June.
He displaces McMahon at
blindside flanker, while Carter replaces James Horwill and Toomua takes
over from his ACT Brumbies teammate Christian Leali'ifano.
other changes have been made to give the other players who have been
knocking on the door an opportunity to start a Test match on this tour,"
"All our changes will bring a new energy into the
team and I know everyone is looking forward to the opportunities our
match against Ireland will bring."
Cheika later confirmed his
replacements which could see "bad boy" utility back Kurtley Beale play
his first international rugby since the texting scandal that saw him
fined and resulted in the target of his text message, business manager
Di Patston, leaving and Cheika's predecessor Ewen McKenzie resigning.
who was also punished for being rude and disrespectful to the team
management, has not played for Australia since the defeat in Cape Town
by South Africa on September 27.
The match is Australia's fourth
of their five-game European tour which, prior to the French match, had
seen them beat the Barbarians and Wales. They round off the series
against England at Twickenham next weekend.
15 Israel Folau, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Henry Speight, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Luke Jones, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Sam Carter, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Saia Faingaa, 1 James Slipper
Substitutes (three to be omitted): 16 James Hanson, 17 Tetera Faulkner, 18 Benn Robinson, 19 Ben Alexander, 20 James Horwill, 21 Will Skelton 22 Jake Schatz, 23 Will Genia, 24 Quade Cooper, 25 Rob Horne, 26 Kurtley Beale