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Wallabies make late change

2012-11-24 08:28

Florence - Australia were forced to make a late change to their replacements bench for Saturday's Test against Italy in Florence with James Hanson taking over from Tatafu Polota Nau as backup hooker.

Polota Nau dropped out of the side after failing to recover from soreness suffered in last weekend's 20-14 victory over old rivals England at Twickenham.

Queensland Reds hooker Hanson, 24, made his debut for the Wallabies in the 18-18 draw with New Zealand last month and will provide cover for the experienced Stephen Moore who starts the match against Italy.

Elsewhere, Wallabies lock Rob Simmons will have his appeal against an eight-week ban for a tip tackle against France heard on Tuesday.

Teams:

Italy

15 Andrea Masi, 14 Giovambattista Venditti, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Alberto Sgarbi, 11 Mirco Bergamasco, 10 Luciano Orquera, 9 Edoardo Gori, 8 Sergio Parisse (captain), 7 Robert Barbieri, 6 Alessandro Zanni, 5 Francesco Minto, 4 Quintin Geldenhuys, 3 Martin Castrogiovanni, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 1 Andrea Lo Cicero

Substitutes: 16 Davide Giazzon, 17 Michele Rizzo, 18 Lorenzo Cittadini, 19 Antonio Pavanello, 20 Simone Favaro, 21 Manoa Vosawai, 22 Tobias Botes, 23 Luke McLean

Australia - revised

15 Berrick Barnes, 14 Nick Cummins, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Ben Tapuai, 11 Drew Mitchell, 10 Kurtley Beale, 9 Brett Sheehan, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Scott Higginbotham, 5 Nathan Sharpe (captain), 4 Sitaleki Timani, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Benn Robinson

Substitutes: 16 James Hanson, 17 James Slipper, 18 Sekope Kepu, 19 Dave Dennis, 20 Liam Gill, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Mike Harris, 23 Digby Ioane

Reuters