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Tupou start for Aussies against Springboks


Taniela Tupou’s elevation to Australia‘s side is one of four personnel changes to the starting team in a pivotal Test against South Africa.

Lukhan Tui (family) and Pete Samu (knee injury) both remained in Australia, with Ned Hanigan replacing Tui at blindside flank on Saturday.

Skipper Michael Hooper returns from a hamstring injury to start at openside and David Pocock is back at eight for the Port Elizabeth clash.

There is no specialist flanker on the bench but lock Rob Simmons can provide cover should the Wallabies require it.

Adam Coleman is the final change to the starting XV, teaming up with Izack Rodda in the second-row.

Coleman came off the bench for the Wallabies on the Gold Coast a fortnight ago but will start in Port Elizabeth, pushing Rory Arnold back to the bench.

As expected, Michael Cheika has opted to stick with the playmaking duo of Kurtley Beale and Matt Toomua in a backline that is unchanged from that which went up against the Pumas.

This Rugby Championship clash will also mark Scott Sio’s 50th Test appearance.

Australia: 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 (c), 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Izack Rodda, 4 Adam Coleman, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Scott Sio
Replacements: 16 Folau Faingaa, 17 Sekope Kepu, 18 Allan Alaalatoa, 19 Rory Arnold, 20 Rob Simmons, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Bernard Foley, 23 Jack Maddocks


  1. As an Aussie I cannot really fathom some of these selections…

    ”There is no specialist flanker on the bench but lock Rob Simmons can provide cover should the Wallabies require it.”

    I like the powerhouse but really would they say the same if Bakkies was on the bench for them? Ludicrous when you have so many young loosies smashing it in the NRC…

  2. @bryce_in_oz: yip, that and two tighthead props on the bench, granted they have been swinger props for a while, but still. And then the Tongan Thor (that’s his nickname right?). Does he have 80 minutes in him? There are some people who believes he doesn’t, he gives his all for 15 minutes then disappears

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