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Sport Huge gamble: Teen to start at No.13 when Wallabies stare down England

04:40  17 october  2019
04:40  17 october  2019 Source:   smh.com.au

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Heads up: The Wallabies stare down a golden opportunity to go 2-0 up in the series against Ireland. Hooper said they spent time drilling down on the detail, perhaps indicating that instead of writing a new script for a changed Ireland line up they want to improve on the original.

The Wallabies have finished 2018 with four wins from 13 matches after being pumped by England at London: The Wallabies have officially registered their worst calendar year since 1958 in Seconds later, after asserting scrum dominance, England made the most of an overlap down the

a rugby player on a field: Jordan Petaia scores a try on Test debut against Uruguay.© Getty Jordan Petaia scores a try on Test debut against Uruguay.

Wallabies selectors are set to spring a major surprise by naming Jordan Petaia at No.13 for Australia's do-or-die quarter-final clash with England and bringing Reece Hodge back onto the wing following his three-week suspension.

Despite having just two Tests under his belt, both on the wing, the Wallabies have taken a punt on Petaia's prodigious talent by pushing him closer to the action at outside-centre in a position he has played previously in Super Rugby for the Queensland Reds.

James O'Connor, who has worn the Australian No.13 jersey three times at this World Cup, will be named on the bench when the Wallabies announce their team later on Thursday (AEDT) ahead of Saturday's blockbuster showdown.

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A broken ankle ruled out regular No . 13 Reece Hodge and while Hodge's predecessor, Samu Kerevi, has re-joined the Wallabies after surgeries on a Given Folau pops up in the midfield in certain plays for the Wallabies and has moonlighted there for the Waratahs, it makes him the most likely choice.

WALLABIES coach Ewen McKenzie was left scratching his head over two dubious refereeing decisions that proved crucial in England 's victory early Brown went on to start a break that saw England move to the other end of the field and charge down a clearing kick for Robshaw to score by diving on the

Pending he passes a final medical test by a World Rugby doctor, Kurtley Beale will line up at fullback for Australia and the unlucky man is Dane Haylett-Petty, who despite featuring in all four pool matches has been left out of the match day 23 entirely.

However if Beale is ruled out, Haylett-Petty will play.

It means Hodge will come back onto the wing following his three-match suspension for a dangerous tackle on Fiji's Peceli Yato in Australia's opening game of the tournament.

Selectors have shown faith in Hodge despite former Wallaby Drew Mitchell saying recently there was a degree of risk bringing the 25-year-old straight back into the starting XV following time off.

Once again, Australia has chopped and changed its No.9 and No.10 combination, with Will Genia and Christian Lealiifano given the nod in the halves.

It is Australia's fifth different starting halfback and five-eighth combination at this World Cup and the first time Genia and Lealiifano have started a Test together since the Wallabies' 16-10 win over Argentina in July.

In the back row, selectors have opted to once again play captain Michael Hooper and David Pocock together, with Isi Naisarani getting the green light to pack in at No.8.

Taniela Tupou and Matt Toomua are also expected to be named on a 5-3 bench.

Eddie Jones will name his England team on Thursday afternoon.

Cheika wants next Wallabies coach to be Australian .
The outgoing coach is keen for a home-grown replacement in the hot seat.Cheika returned to Sydney on Tuesday still disappointed by the Wallabies’ quarter-final exit from the Rugby World Cup, but with no regrets about standing down after five years at the helm.

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