Australia name their side for the bronze medal final against Wales

Nathan Sharpe is set to become the fifth Australian to reach a century of international caps as he has been named in the side that will face Wales on Friday in the bronze medal final.

The lock, who made his debut for the Wallabies in 2002, follows George Gregan, George Smith, Stephen Larkham and David Campese into the 100 Cap Club.

Following Sunday’s loss to New Zealand, Robbie Deans has made wholesale changes to his Australia side: some enforced through injury, others to rest players.

Kurtley Beale returns at full back following his failed fitness test on his hamstring in Saturday’s captain’s run.

Australia:
1. James Slipper
2. Tatafu Polota-Nau
3. Salesi Ma’afu
4. James Horwill (c)
5. Nathan Sharpe
6. Scott Higginbotham
7. David Pocock
8. Ben McCalman

9. Will Genia
10. Quade Cooper
11. Digby Ioane
12. Berrick Barnes
13. Adam Ashley-Cooper
14. James O’Connor
15. Kurtley Beale

Replacements:
16. Saia Faingaa
17. Ben Alexander
18. Rob Simmons
19. Radike Samo
20. Luke Burgess
21. Anthony Faingaa
22. Robert Horne

6 thoughts on “Australia name their side for the bronze medal final against Wales

  1. Our best xv finally takes the field.

    As an interesting aside, I saw a suggestion elsewhere that there should be a ‘plate’ competition for those teams that are ranked third in the pools stage. I think that would be a pretty good opportunity for second teir and developing nations to shoot for something acheivable.

    1. Actually, there are a number of players injured after the AB’s game. Injuries are a reality of the game, and a test of the depth of your team, get over it..

  2. A superb looking back line there. Whilst I’d like to see Wales win, it would be good to see the Aussie backs show us what they are capable of

    The forwards on the other hand, look rubbish (Pocock and Horwill excepted)

    1. I agree. Australia were weakened by the absence of Pocock and Ioane in the pool stage, and now they are missing first choice forwards. There will be no more conclusions to draw from this game than from the Irl V Aus game.

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