- Argentina have made four changes to their starting XV for the Australia match
- Meanwhile, the Wallabies have made just one for Saturday’s test match
- Rob Simmons will line up for alongside Adam Coleman in the second row
Still searching for victory in the 2017 Rugby Championship, Argentina have made four changes to their starting XV and the Wallabies just one for Saturday’s test match in Australia’s capital.
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika on Thursday said Rob Simmons would line up for his 75th test cap alongside Adam Coleman in the second row, with Rory Arnold cut from the squad.
‘Rory’s work-rate needs to be higher,’ Cheika said. ‘Consistency is king. We’ve had some good leads but we haven’t been able to be consistent through the games and I want to make sure that every player knows that.’
Rob Simmons will line up for his 75th Australia test cap on Saturday against Argentina
Rory Arnold has been cut from Australia’s squad for the test match in the country’s capital
HOW DO THE TEAMS LINE UP?
Australia: Israel Folau; Henry Speight; Tevita Kuridrani; Kurtley Beale; Reece Hodge; Bernard Foley; Will Genia; Sean McMahon; Michael Hooper (captain); Ned Hanigan; Adam Coleman; Rob Simmons; Sekope Kepu; Tatafu Polota-Nau; Scott Sio
Reserves: Jordan Uelese; Tom Robertson; Allan Alaalatoa; Izack Rodda; Jack Dempsey; Nick Phipps; Samu Kerevi; Marika Koroibete
Argentina: Emiliano Boffelli; Matias Moroni; Matias Orlando; Jeronimo de la Fuente; Ramiro Moyano; Nicolas Sanchez; Martin Landajo; Tomas Lezana; Javier Ortega Desio; Pablo Matera; Matias Alemanno; Guido Petti; Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro; Agustin Creevy (captain); Lucas Noguera
Reserves: Julian Montoya, Santiago Garcia Botta, Enrique Pieretto, Marcos Kremer, Juan Manuel Leguizamon, Tomas Cubelli, Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, Manuel Montero.
Lock Izack Rodda will get a chance to play in his second test if called upon from the bench, while the match could also mark international debut for rugby league convert Marika Koroibete.
The Fiji-born Koroibete switched from the Melbourne Storm to Super Rugby’s Melbourne Rebels after the 2016 National Rugby League season. He has taken Curtis Rona’s spot on the Australian reserves bench.
‘I want him to get the ball and take someone on, that’s when he’s so good,’ Cheika said of Koroibete. ‘His strength is that he’s got some serious ability when it comes to carrying the ball at the opposition.’
Michael Cheika said that Marika Koroibete is ‘so good’ when he takes players on
Australia had a 23-23 draw with South Africa last week after two losses to the All Blacks. Argentina lost at home and away to South Africa before last weekend’s 39-22 loss to New Zealand.
For Argentina, Tomas Lezana, Martin Landajo, Ramiro Moyano and Matias Orlando were added to the starting XV.
Lezana will start at No. 8 in place of Benjamin Macone, and Landajo replaces former Canberra-based ACT Brumbies scrumhalf Tomas Cubelli. Joaquin Tuculet and Santiago Cordero have been replaced by winger Moyano and outside center Orlando, with Emiliano Boffelli to start at fullback.
Tomas Lezana will start at No. 8 in place of Benjamin Macone against the Wallabies