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SportHooker Latu handed rare start for Wallabies

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

Wallabies rake Latu vows to keep improving

Wallabies rake Latu vows to keep improving Tolu Latu has vowed to find the consistency to make him the Wallabies' first-choice hooker less than a year before the start of the Rugby World Cup.

Tolu Latu was one of the Wallabies ’ best in a heartbreaking loss to Ireland on Saturday night, but the hooker might not be starting when the Waratahs run out Latu came off the bench in all three of the Wallabies ’ June Series Tests and was influential in the series decider in Sydney, but his inclusion in

He was effectively the fourth choice hooker in the country but NSW rake Tolu Latu could find himself playing for the Wallabies against Ireland on Saturday.

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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Tolu Latu was easily baited by All Blacks hooker Codie Taylor and his sin-binning cost the Yokohama: Michael Cheika has lamented the Wallabies ' poor discipline after a yellow card cost "We need to have a bit more perseverance with the ball in hand , not always try to hit the home run with the

Australia have called up hooker Tolu Latu to their squad for Saturday's first test against Ireland in Brisbane after Jordan Uelese was sidelined Latu , who won four caps in 2016, was already training with the squad protectively and his international experience earned him the nod ahead of Anaru Rangi.

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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