Australia team to play Scotland

ausEwen McKenzie has shuffled his back-line around in the midst of bans and injuries, while keeping the same pack that demolished the Irish last weekend.

Christian Leali’ifano shifts to the unfamiliar position of 13, with Mike Harris starting inside him at 12. There is a new wing partnership in the shape of Joe Tomane and Chris Feauai-Sautia, while Israel Folau, Will Genia and Quade Cooper remain the constants.

On the bench two scrum halves are named, in the form of Nic White and Nick Phipps, and while the starting pack remains the same, Ben Alexander and Ben McCalman have been drafted into the replacements.

“We’ve made some difficult selection decisions this week and now I’ll be looking to see how those individuals with an opportunity respond to the challenge,” McKenzie said. “All spring tour I’ve been impressed by the competition we’ve been able to create in a number of positions. Now, some of those guys get a chance to impress in new roles this week.

“Christian hasn’t had a great deal of experience at outside centre but he is a class player and we’re confident he can adjust to the position. We’ll be asking him to bring the things he does well to the game and nothing more.

“At the other end, we have the luxury of naming an unchanged forward pack from last week’s win. I was really impressed by how they stood up against a stout Ireland pack and now it’s their job to replicate and improve on that effort against Scotland.”

Australia team to play Scotland:

Israel Folau, Joe Tomane, Christian Leali’ifano, Mike Harris, Chris Feauai-Sautia, Quade Cooper, Will Genia, James Slipper, Stephen Moore, Sekope Kepu, Rob Simmons, James Horwill, Scott Fardy, Michael Hooper, Ben Mowen

Replacements: Saia Fainga’a, Ben Alexander, Paddy Ryan, Sitaleki Timani, Ben McCalman, Nic White, Nick Phipps, Bernard Foley

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