Australia team to play Wales in 1st Test

Update: Joe Tomane has been forced to withdraw with an ankle injury, with Cooper Vuna replacing him in the starting lineup.

Robbie Deans has made eight changes to his starting line-up following Tuesday’s defeat to Scotland, bringing in a brand new front row and centres with Adam Ashley-Cooper coming in to shore things up at full back. Several players from Tuesday’s game drop onto the bench including Mike Harris and Dave Dennis, with David Pocock captaining the side once again.

15. Adam Ashley-Cooper, 14. Cooper Vuna, 13. Rob Horne, 12. Pat McCabe, 11. Digby Ioane, 10. Berrick Barnes, 9. Will Genia; 1. Benn Robinson, 2. Tatafu Polota-Nau, 3. Sekope Kepu, 4. Rob Simmons, 5. Nathan Sharpe, 6. Scott Higginbotham, 7. David Pocock (c), 8. Wycliff Palu


16. Stephen Moore, 17. Ben Alexander, 18. Dave Dennis, 19. Michael Hooper, 20. Nic White, 21. Anthony Faingaa, 22. Mike Harris

8 thoughts on “Australia team to play Wales in 1st Test

  1. Perplexed about why they agreed to this scheduling, we really don’t like making it easy for ourselves. To think they can have one training run before playing Scotland, then back up for another test a few days later is pretty stupid.

    A great chance for Wales to get some vengeance.

    Still, it’s good to see Benn Robinson back in gold.

    1. It seems like a bit of Aussie arrogance to think contact Tues can just be replaced by a workout against the Scots. Whatever the logic was I don’t think it went to plan! It really is a must win game for the Welsh now, lose when the deck is loaded in your favour is hardly building on the foundations of the grand slam. Don’t see the Aussies will be able to come back in the last 20, so only way to win has to be to start super fast.

      Looking forward to a great contest!

    1. ha I wish, very optimistic. What’s the weather like? if its like V Scotland I cant see the total score of both sides being more than 20 points!

      1. Weather is quite fine. Weather bureau say one or two showers throughout the day, should be clear by kick-off though.

  2. I hope the Aussies pay the price for their disrespect they showed towards the Scots on Tuesday. As Matt said; pure arrogance.

    1. It’s hard to blame them given the schedule. I suppose they know Wales is the real test so they rest players against Scotland & save their backlash (which they always summon) for Wales. Makes sense in a way. Everyone knows Scotland aren’t worth their impending IRB seeding jump and this will be reflected by results in the next 6 nations etc.

  3. I don’t think it was arrogance so much as greed and it cheapens the Wallaby jersey. Scheduling the Scotland test was a poorly thought through decision. Clearly the aim was to make a bit more money out of the June Tests by wedging one more in.

    Under Deans, we’ve got a bad habit of not giving the proper focus to every single test match.

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