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International Rugby: Cheika drops Foley in desperate attempt to revive Wallabies

The Wallabies will be looking to find solace somewhere else, having failed to match the All Blacks challenge in two consecutive weekends. Australia hosts the Springboks this weekend in a bid to right the wrongs of game one and game two in the Rugby Championship. South Africa come into this one off a loss to Argentina as well which makes the tie even more thrilling as both teams will be aiming to get back to winning ways.

 

Michael Cheika shocked the sporting world by dropping what is usually the first name on his team list when he named flyhalf Bernard Foley on the bench and handed Kurtley Beale the #10 shirt for Saturday’s Rugby Championship Test.

 

UK based Matt Toomua has been promoted from the bench to the first centre position where he will be acting as a second player maker in a bid to breathe new life in what seems like a system that has been failing Cheika lately.

 

The attacking threat of Israel Folau returns at after he missed out on the Eden Park match against the All Blacks with an ankle strain. Rory Arnold takes the place of Izack Rodda in the second row to partner Adam Coleman while prop Taniela Tupou has overcome a hamstring complaint to grab a spot on the bench for the match at Suncorp Stadium.

 

Michael Cheika was asked about the dropping of Bernard Foley and had this to say, “Not easy, obviously, but we sat down and had a good talk about it and he’s certainly no dummy spitter, going by the way he trained today,” Cheika said of the 60 Test veteran.

“He’s still going to have a big part to play, finishing the game without a doubt.

“He took it hard but he showed the quality person he is, the way he got back on the training paddock today and led the way.”

 

Australia: 15-Israel Folau, 14-Dane Haylett-Petty, 13-Reece Hodge, 12-Matt Toomua, 11-Marika Koroibete, 10-Kurtley Beale, 9-Will Genia, 8-David Pocock, 7-Michael Hooper (captain), 6-Lukhan Tui, 5-Adam Coleman, 4-Rory Arnold, 3-Allan Alaalatoa, 2-Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1-Scott Sio.

 

Replacements: 16-Folau Faingaa, 17-Tom Robertson, 18-Taniela Tupou, 19-Izack Rodda, 20-Ned Hanigan, 21-Joe Powell, 22-Bernard Foley, 23-Jack Maddocks

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