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Bledisloe 3 : Team Announcement

Bledisloe 3 : Team Announcement

Adam Ashley-Cooper will line up for his 100th Test match when the Wallabies face the All Blacks in Brisbane in the third Bledisloe Test on Saturday night.

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Ashley-Cooper will join five other Wallabies players that have reached the 100 Test mark – George Gregan, Nathan Sharpe, George Smith, Stephen Larkham and David Campese.

There are two changes to the starting side that took on Argentina with Rob Simmons returning to lock after dealing with concussion, whilst Christian Lealiifano replaces Matt Toomua at inside centre who has also been dealing with concussion issues after 2 heavy knocks in recent games.

On the bench Quade Cooper returns to the Wallabies squad for the first time in 2014 and is part of of 5/3 split that includes Nic White and Rob Horne as part of the backs contingent.

James Horwill drops back to the bench after starting against Argentina and joins Josh Mann-Rea, Benn Robinson, Ben Alexander and Matt Hodgson in the forwards.


1. James Slipper
2. Saia Fainga’a
3. Sekope Kepu
4. Sam Carter
5. Rob Simmons
6. Scott Fardy
7. Michael Hooper (c)
8. Scott Higginbotham
9. Nick Phipps
10. Bernard Foley
11. Joe Tomane
12. Christian Lealiifano
13. Tevita Kuridrani
14. Adam Ashley-Cooper
15. Israel Folau

Reserves:
16. Josh Mann-Rea
17. Benn Robinson
18. Ben Alexander
19. James Horwill
20. Matt Hodgson
21. Nic White
22. Quade Cooper
23. Rob Horne

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