Cheika rings the changes for third Test
RUGBY: Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has promised to carry on attacking after naming two creative centres in the starting line-up to face England in Sydney.
Cheika is looking to salvage something from the series with the Wallabies trailing 2-0 after losses in Brisbane and Melbourne.
He has brought in Matt Toomua instead of Samu Kerevi after the Leicester-bound centre’s recovery from a knee injury.
Tevita Kuridrani will provide spark as the other Wallabies centre.
It will be Toomua’s first start since the pool match against Uruguay in last year’s Rugby World Cup.
There has also been a change in the second row with Will Skelton called up for the first time in the series and Rob Simmons earning a recall after being dropped for last week’s Test at AAMI Park.
“This Saturday’s match against England is a real opportunity for the Wallabies to show the character I know they have on the field, for all our fans to see,” Cheika said.
“We will continue to play rugby in our attacking style and we’ll be aiming to do it with more consistent quality than we have in the first two matches.
“Will Skelton and Matt Toomua are back to full fitness and have worked extremely hard for their opportunity this Saturday.”
Cheika has gone for the same front and back rows as last week.
He has also named an extended bench, with veteran Wycliff Palu preferred to Liam Gill and Western Force lock Adam Coleman set for a Wallabies debut.
Winger Taqele Naiyaravoro is also on the bench and could play for the first time since last year’s Test in Chicago against the USA.
Meanwhile, New Zealand-born Northampton flanker Teimana Harrison is set to start for England.
The 23-year-old will likely come into the back row with James Haskell ruled out through injury.
WALLABIES: James Slipper, Stephen Moore (c), Sekope Kepu, Will Skelton, Rob Simmons, Scott Fardy, Michael Hooper, Sean McMahon, Nick Phipps, Bernard Foley, Rob Horne, Matt Toomua, Tevita Kuridrani, Dane Haylett-Petty, Israel Folau. Replacements: (one to be omitted) Tatafu Polota-Nau, Scott Sio, Greg Holmes, Adam Coleman, Dean Mumm, Wycliff Palu, Nick Frisby, Christian Leali’ifano, Taqele Naiyaravoro.