Australia will miss the services of Benard Foley when they take on Japan in Yokohama on Saturday. 

The fly-half has been replaced by utility back Reece Hodge as the Aussies seek to build on last weekend’s narow win over the Barbarians.

Foley has been battling a virus all week and wasn’t able to train fully on Tuesday, before travelling to Japan, leaving the Wallabies to look for other options.

Scrum-half Will Genia (calf) and utility back Karmichael Hunt (neck) are also out of the match, with Genia still struggling to shake off a concern picked up in the third Bledisloe Cup Test.


Australia: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Reece Hodge, 9 Nic Phipps, 8 Sean McMahon, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Scott Sio

Replacements: 16 Stephen Moore, 17 Tom Robertson, 18 Allan Alaalatoa, 19 Matt Philip, 20 Ben McCalman, 21 Lopeti Timani, 22 Joe Powell, 23 Curtis Rona