Australia name team to play Argentina

Head coach Ewen McKenzie has dropped stand-in captain Will Genia ahead of the Wallabies’ must win game against Argentina this weekend. Nic White comes in to partner Quade Cooper at halfback, while the captaincy is taken over by Ben Mowen, who fills that role at the Brumbies. He becomes the 80th player to captain the national side, in what will be only his seventh test.

The other change to the starting line-up sees Ben Alexander regain his spot at tighthead prop, while lock Sitaleki Timani and outside back Tevita Kuridrani come onto the bench.

McKenzie said: “The fact that Will has captained his country shows what high regard we hold him in and while he is naturally disappointed I also know how competitive he is and I’ve got no doubts he will train himself to a standstill to bounce back as a better player.
“We’ve spoken about what areas we believe he can continue to improve and evolve his game and he was receptive to going back and addressing those things. In the end, it wasn’t an easy decision because he is undoubtedly a world class player.

“However, we also feel Nic has earned an opportunity to start and will add his own uniqueness and point of difference to how we want to play this game. Nic has had a great season with the Brumbies and has brought his own brand of energy and hard work to the Wallaby group. We’ve all been impressed by the contributions he has made to the team and in training and we now look forward to seeing him bring his skills to the fore of the pressure cooker on Saturday night.”

Australia team to play Argentina, Patersons Stadium, Perth, Sat 18.05 (local time)
15 Israel Folau, 14 James O’Connor, 13 Adam-Ashley Cooper, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen (c), 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 James Slipper.
Replacements: 16 Saia Faingaa, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Sekope Kepu, 19 Sitaleki Timani, 20 Ben McCalman, 21 Will Genia, 22 Matt Toomua, 23 Tevita Kuridrani.

7 thoughts on “Australia name team to play Argentina

  1. Will Genia off to France then? Mad, mad decision. Must win game for both teams. Cool heads needed. So he drops the best scrum half in the world who is also one of his most experienced players. Replaces him with a debutant?

    1. Not sure how much of the Rugby Championship you have watched but Genia’s decision making has been very poor and his delivery very slow.

      Obviously he is the long term wallaby nine and will come back to be the best in the world again but that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be dropped when under performing. White has also been quite good off the bench and really sped up the game when he has come on

      1. Genia is clearly not playing well, and should be dropped. However, the problem is that when Genia plays poorly so do the Wallabies (it doesn’t help that they are missing some important players in the pack too).

        Here is the Pumas best chance for a win.

  2. Made my choice on Superbru earlier. Argentina to win it… I know, I still think it’s unlikely, but if I’m right I’ll storm up the table.

    1. That’s the beauty of it, it takes one result like that and you’re right back in the reckoning! Not made my picks yet but I may well join you…

      1. To be honest, if it were in Argentina I’d be less hesitant, but since the opening game, they’ve had something about them. Looked good in rounds 2 and 3 and Australia are looking a little bit hopeless at the minute. We shall have to see

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