Dean Mumm (Getty Images)
London - Dean Mumm will captain an
Australia side to face minnows Uruguay in their second Pool A match on Sunday
sporting 14 changes from the starting XV for the opening win against Fiji.
The 31-year-old lock - who will win his
39th cap - is in a side packed with experience despite the massive revamp
engineered by coach Michael Cheika as he seeks to give the whole 31-man squad a
run out before the crucial two games against fellow rugby heavyweights Wales
and hosts England.
Cheika has been presented with the perfect
opportunity to work out his first choice XV for those two games with the
matches first against Fiji - last Wednesday's 28-13 victory - and now Uruguay.
"We really want the entire squad to
get a touch of the ball early at this Rugby World Cup and get everyone into
match mode," said Cheika.
"We will need all 31 players ready for
action throughout the tournament and this is the first chance to do that for
many of this team.
"We've had a solid preparation for
this match considering that we've had to play two games in five days and we're
very happy with where the players are at.
"It's important we continue to improve
each day as a collective," added Cheika, who has turned the Wallabies
fortunes round since assuming control last October culminating in a terrific
win over the All Blacks to win the Rugby Championship in August.
Among those to get a start is wing Drew
Mitchell, who will win his 66th cap and was along with Toulon team-mate Matt
Giteau a beneficiary of Australia's decision to avail themselves of talent
Mumm, whose decision to return to Australia
from England earlier this year paid off with his selection for the World Cup,
replaces hooker Stephen Moore as skipper - the latter is on the bench and in
line to come on for his 98th appearance.
"It's an incredible honour to lead
this group of players," said Mumm, who leads a side with a total of over
"Stephen Moore, Michael Hooper and
Adam Ashley-Cooper have done an outstanding job as a leadership team this
season and I'm extremely grateful to have the opportunity to contribute to what
they've created and lead the team on Sunday," added Mumm, who made his
debut back in 2008.
"This is a really important match in
our campaign and four players are getting the opportunity to play in their
first Rugby World Cup match, so it is a significant occasion for those players
and a chance for us to build on the performance against Fiji."
15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Joe Tomane, 13 Henry Speight, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Drew Mitchell, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Sean McMahon, 6 Ben McCalman, 5 Will Skelton, 4 Dean Mumm (captain), 3 Toby Smith, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Scott Sio
Substitutes: 16 Stephen Moore, 17 Sekope Kepu, 18 Greg Holmes, 19 Kane Douglas,
20 Rob Simmons, 21 Will Genia, 22 Bernard Foley, 23 Tevita Kuridrani
15 Gaston Mieres, 14 Leandro Leivas, 13 Joaquin Prada,
12 Andres Vilaseca, 11 Rodrigo Silva, 10 Felipe Barchesi, 9 Agustin Ormaechea, 8 Juan
Manuel Gaminara, 7 Matias Beer, 6 Juan de Freitas, 5 Franco Lamanna, 4 Sanitago
Vilaseca (captain), 3 Mario Sagario, 2 German Kessler, 1 Mateo Sanguinetti.
Substitutes: 16 Nicolas Klappenbach, 17 Oscar Duran, 18 Carlos Arboleya, 19 Alejandro Nieto,
20 Diego Magno, 21 Fernando Bascou, 22 Alejo Duran, 23 Alberto Roman