Australia celebrate after scoring against Uruguay. Photo Courtesy/Wallabies

Wallabies change three for Tri-Nations date against Argentina


Australia have made three changes to their squad ahead of the Tri-Nations clash against Argentina slated for Saturday at McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle at 11:45 EAT.

Head Coach Dave Rennie has called in Props Taniela Tupou and Scott Sio for injured James Slipper and Allan Alaalatoa who has dropped to the bench.  Hooker Brandon Paenga-Amosa has retained his place in the front row.

The second row is unchanged with Matt Philip and Rob Simmons partnering while Ned Hanigan replaces Lachlan Swinton, who is serving a suspension. Hanigan will play alongside Captain Michael Hooper and eighth man Harry Wilson.

The Backline is unchanged with Nic White and Reece Hodge partnering at scrum-half and fly-half.  Hunter Paisami and Jordan Petaia are in the midfield. The back three has Marika Koroibete, Tom Wright and Tom Banks.

The winner of this encounter is expected to move top of the Tri-Nations log.

Wallabies – 15 Tom Banks, 14 Tom Wright, 13 Jordan Petaia, 12 Hunter Paisami, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Reece Hodge, 9 Nic White, 8 Harry Wilson, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Matt Philip, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 Scott Sio.

Subs: 16 Folau Fainga’a, 17 Angus Bell, 18 Allan Alaalatoa, 19 Rob Valetini, 20 Liam Wright, 21 Jake Gordon, 22 Noah Lolesio, 23 Filipo Daugunu.


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