Playmaker Christian Lealiifano will make a remarkable return for Wallabies Saturday while James O’Connor is also ready to make a comeback against Argentina in Brisbane.
Playmaker Lealiifano joins Will Genia, Marika Koroibete and Kurtley Beale as additions to the starting background, only four samples from the September World Cup in Japan. The 31-year-old recently played for Wallabies in 2016 and has fought back to top form to earn a return after his fight with leukemia.
O’Connor's last test was in 2013, and the reformed tool is ready to return from the bench at Suncorp Stadium, as coach Michael Cheika continues to assess his world opportunities.
Samu Kerevi will again collaborate with Tevita Kuridrani in the monster center repair, which was used during last weekend's loss to Springboks in Johannesburg. Beale replaces Tom Banks on fullback after his brilliant como from the bench at Ellis Park and the lock Luke Jones has been named on the bench as he sees his first test since 2014.
Scott Sio returns from an injury to start, while fellow James Slipper has recovered from his unpleasant headache against Springboks and falling to the bench. Regularly five eighth Bernard Foley is left out of the match team, with Matt Toomua covering the bench. Teammates Joe Powell, Rob Valetini, Jack Maddocks and Jack Dempsey play all club rugby this weekend.
Argentina came in a whip to defeat New Zealand at home (20-16) last weekend and disrupted Wallabies on the Gold Coast last year. But victories as it has been rare for Pumas, who is on the six-player losing line and then, when Australia orchestrated their biggest comeback victory in the test history against them in Salta last year.
Wallabies are also unbeaten in their last five starts at Suncorp Stadium.
wallabies: Kurtley Beale, Reece Hodge, Tevita Kuridrani, Samu Kerevi, Marika Koroibete, Christian Lealiifano, Will Genia, Isi Naisarani, Michael Hooper (Captain), Lukhan Salakai-Loto, Rory Arnold, Izack Rodda, Sekope Kepu, Folau Faingaa, Scot Sio . reserves: Tolu Latu, James Slipper, Taniela Tupou, Rob Simmons, Luke Jones, Nic White, Matt Toomua, James O’Connor.
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