NEWSFLASH: Lock Nathan Sharpe is out with a groin strain, replaced by 24 year old Dean Mumm. Hugh McMinimum takes the spot on the bench.
There are four changes for this weekend’s test. Through injury Tuqiri and Palu are out, replaced by the Wallabies debutant Lachie Turner and Stephen Hoiles (look out Rocky). Antipodeans would have a clear picture of what Turner can do from the S14 final – interesting that Drew Mitchell was overlooked, and Hoiles has been hogging tries all over the place for Australia A.
Not cutting the mustard have been Cam Shepherd and George Smith, with AAC and Phil Waugh getting starts respectively. Shepherd hasn’t grasped this opportunity, and while AAC doesn’t have some of the finer 15 skills, he sure injects another attacking edge into the backline. Just as he has throughout the season, Waugh has bulldozed his way into the starting line up, while George Smith has forgotten he’s not the five-eighth. Some nice tuning from Dingo Deans.
Wallabies: Adam Ashley-Cooper, Peter Hynes, Stirling Mortlock (capt), Berrick Barnes, Lachlan Turner, Matt Giteau, Luke Burgess, Stephen Hoiles, Phil Waugh, Rocky Elsom, Dean Mumm, James Horwill, Al Baxter, Stephen Moore, Benn Robinson. Res: Adam Freier, Ben Alexander, Hugh McMeniman, George Smith, Sam Cordingley, Ryan Cross, Cameron Shepherd.