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Sport Rugby World Cup 2019: Australia captain Hooper benched as Cheika makes 10 changes

13:15  08 october  2019
13:15  08 october  2019 Source:   performgroup.com

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Australia coach Michael Cheika has made 10 changes for the Wallabies' final Rugby World Cup Pool D fixture against Georgia on Friday.

Cheika's side could already be assured of a place in the quarter-finals if Fiji do not beat Wales on Wednesday, though the Wallabies will likely need a victory to stand a chance of securing first place and avoiding a potential tie with England in the last eight.

Five players have retained their place from the 45-10 win over Uruguay last time out, with captain Michael Hooper handed a rest, though he could come on from the bench to make his 99th Test appearance.

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TOKYO, 8 Oct - Australia coach Michael Cheika has selected his third different starting fly-half in To'omua's rival play-maker Christian Lealiifano dropping to the bench , and Bernard Foley, Cheika 's starting fly-half Michael Hooper , Cheika 's regular skipper, is set to win his 99th cap from the bench

Petaia makes debut as Cheika rings the changes for Uruguay match. Australia too have plenty of power, with inside-centre Kerevi rated the most damaging ball runner in Super Rugby this year. Only 19-year-old Jordan Petaia, who has yet to make his international debut, was unavailable for selection

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David Pocock will captain the Wallabies in Shizuoka, with Jack Dempsey, Nic White, Matt To'omua, Kurtley Beale and Jordan Petaia staying in the team.

To'omua, who played at 12 against Uruguay, will feature at fly-half, becoming the third different player to start at 10 for Australia in the last three matches, as Bernard Foley - who started in the position against Wales - again misses out.

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Wing Petaia became the youngest player to feature in a World Cup for the Wallabies when he made his Test debut against Uruguay, though the 19-year-old has been shifted to the right, with Marika Koroibete coming in on the opposite flank.

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South Africa have made 13 changes to their starting side to face Canada at the Rugby World Cup on Tuesday. Captain Siya Kolisi and centre Damian De Allende are making second straight starts, while nine players who featured against Namibia are starting. Cheika won't discuss tackling.

Tevita Kuridrani scored twice last time out, but there is no room for him in the 23-man squad for Australia's first competitive match against Georgia.

Australia: Kurtley Beale, Jordan Petaia, James O'Connor, Samu Kerevi, Marika Koroibete, Matt To'omua, Nic White; Scott Sio, Tolu Latu, Sekope Kepu, Izack Rodda, Rory Arnold, Jack Dempsey, David Pocock, Isi Naisarani.

Replacements: Jordan Uelese, James Slipper, Taniela Tupou, Adam Coleman, Michael Hooper, Will Genia, Christian Lealiifano, Dane Haylett-Petty.

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Michael Cheika is expected to stand down, but he did not appreciate the topic being raised so soon after the Wallabies' World Cup exit.Cheika's contract is set to expire and he is widely expected to leave his position, having previously said he would not seek reappointment if the Wallabies did not win the tournament.

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