Dynamic prop Taniela Tupou has been promoted to begin for the Wallabies as they purpose to wrap up the sequence with victory over France in Tuesday’s second Take a look at in Melbourne.
Tupou had an enormous impression off the bench within the thrilling 23-21 first Take a look at win in Brisbane, dominating the scrum and forcing France into crucial blunders together with his late hustle.
The 25-year-old replaces Allan Alaalatoa in the one change to teach Dave Rennie’s match-day 23.
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Rennie had made it clear that the 2 tightheads would proceed to job share all through the sequence.
How finest to make use of Tupou’s distinctive talents in every Take a look at has develop into considered one of Australian rugby’s nice choice debates: not fairly on the David Pocock/Michael Hooper, George Smith/Phil Waugh or George Gregan/Chris Whitaker degree however on its means.
“Taniela made an actual impression on each side of the ball when he got here on in at Suncorp Stadium and we’ll be in search of him to do the identical from the get go in Melbourne,” Rennie mentioned.
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“We have labored arduous and we’re properly conditioned. A scarcity of accuracy in Brisbane denied us the chance to take advantage of that, however we confirmed loads of character to remain within the combat till the ultimate whistle.
“We have to begin quick, be extra medical and switch strain into factors at AAMI Park on Tuesday night time.”
Rennie has ignored calls to advertise Tate McDermott to begin at halfback after the Reds sparkplug additionally supplied some match-turning impression from the bench at Suncorp Stadium.
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Jake Gordon retains the No.9 jersey after an detached efficiency in his first recreation again from a major knee damage.
Rennie charges Gordon’s passing and kicking recreation as superior to McDermott’s.
5-eighth James O’Connor stays sidelined with a groin damage as Rennie saved the identical 23 intact for the primary time in his Wallabies teaching tenure.
WALLABIES (15-1): Tom Banks, Tom Wright, Hunter Paisami, Matt To’omua, Marika Koroibete, Noah Lolesio, Jake Gordon, Harry Wilson, Michael Hooper (c), Rob Valetini, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Matt Philip, Taniela Tupou, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, James Slipper
Reserves: Lachlan Lonergan, Angus Bell, Allan Alaalatoa, Darcy Swain, Isi Naisarani, Tate McDermott, Len Ikitau, Andrew Kellaway
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