Australia’s Israel Folau will start on the wing for the first time in five years as they play against Argentina on Saturday at Robina Stadium
Folau played the first five of his 66 Tests on the wing before switching to full-back in 2013. Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has decided to retain Dane Haylett-Petty at full-back for the Rugby Championship clash on the Gold Coast.
Cheika said: “I think Dane’s played pretty well at full-back and I’d like to give him an opportunity to have another go.
“Israel, first game back, just a slightly different look. We can set up a few things for him in that position and give it a go.
“I think everybody knows how highly I regard [Folau] at 15 and I’m sure he’ll want to get that jersey back.
“It’s just something different.”
David Pocock returns to the back row at No 8, having missed the win over the Springboks with a neck injury – one of three players, along with Folau and lock Adam Coleman, who were forced to withdraw after Cheika named his side.
Coleman, who pulled out to be at the birth of his first child, returns on the bench, with Izack Rodda keeping his place in the starting second row alongside Rory Arnold.
Kurtley Beale retains the fly-half role with Matt Toomua – who scored 15 of Australia’s 23 points against the Springboks – at inside centre and Bernard Foley picks a start at the bench.
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