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SportHooker Latu handed rare start for Wallabies

01:30  09 november  2018
01:30  09 november  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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CARDIFF (Reuters) - Hooker Tolu Latu will start his first test for almost two years after being named on Thursday in the Australia team to. Latu is among four changes from the side that lost 37-20 against world champions New Zealand in their Bledisloe Cup encounter in Japan last month.

Hooker Tolu Latu will start his first test for almost two years after being named on Thursday in the Australia team to take on Wales at Cardiff on Latu is among four changes from the side that lost 37-20 against world champions New Zealand in their Bledisloe Cup encounter in Japan last month.

Hooker Latu handed rare start for Wallabies© Reuters/Benoit Tessier Australia Rugby Union - Australia's Captain's Run - Stade de France, Saint-Denis near Paris

CARDIFF (Reuters) - Hooker Tolu Latu will start his first test for almost two years after being named on Thursday in the Australia team to take on Wales at Cardiff on Saturday.

Latu is among four changes from the side that lost 37-20 against world champions New Zealand in their Bledisloe Cup encounter in Japan last month.

Lock Adam Coleman returns from a groin injury while flanker Jack Dempsey and centre Samu Kerevi join the starting line-up after being used from the bench against the All Blacks.

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CARDIFF (Reuters) - Hooker Tolu Latu will start his first test for almost two years after being named on Thursday in the Australia team to take on Wales Tolu Latu was easily baited by All Blacks hooker Codie Taylor and his sin-binning cost the Yokohama: Michael Cheika has lamented the Wallabies

22:57 10 november 2018 Source: sportingnews.com. Hooker Latu handed rare start for Wallabies . England found themselves behind despite an electric start that saw Chris Ashton take less than two minutes to mark his first England start in over four years with a try and Dylan Hartley

The 25-year-old Latu, whose only previous start was against France in November 2016, is rewarded by coach Michael Cheika for the impact he made in the past two tests against Argentina and the All Blacks despite being sin-binned in both matches.

Dempsey and Kerevi also showed enough against New Zealand to start at the Principality Stadium on Saturday.

Kerevi’s inclusion means that Israel Folau is shifted back to the wing.

Team: 15-Dane Haylett-Petty, 14-Israel Folau, 13-Samu Kerevi, 12-Kurtley Beale, 11-Sefa Naivalu, 10-Bernard Foley, 9-Will Genia, 8-David Pocock, 7-Michael Hooper (captain), 6-Jack Dempsey, 5-Adam Coleman, 4-Izack Rodda, 3-Allan Alaalatoa, 2-Tolu Latu, 1-Scott Sio

Replacements: 16-Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17-Sekope Kepu, 18-Taniela Tupou, 19-Rob Simmons, 20-Ned Hanigan, 21-Nick Phipps, 22-Matt To'omua, 23-Jack Maddocks.

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A cruel blow for the teenage prodigy.

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