Skel­ton, Toomua for fi­nal Test

Fiji Sun - - Sport -

Syd­ney: Coach Michael Cheika has named an up­sized Wal­la­bies side to stave off Eng­land’s plans for a white­wash, with Will Skel­ton and Matt Toomua re­turned to the start­ing side. In two of three changes to the runon team, gi­ant lock Skel­ton and phys­i­cal cen­tre Toomua will make their first ap­pear­ances of the series in the third Test at Al­lianz Sta­dium on Satur­day night. Toomua will play his first game at no.12 since early May af­ter un­der­go­ing knee surgery, and Skel­ton will win his first Test cap since rup­tur­ing a pec­toral mus­cle against Uruguay at the World Cup last year.

But Skel­ton’s se­lec­tion does rep­re­sent an­other roll of the dice for Cheika, with only two recog­nised line out jumpers now present in the start­ing XV.

”Willy, even though he’s been play­ing, he’s been play­ing with in­jury, a shoul­der in­jury, he hasn’t been able to show us his best yet this sea­son,” Cheika said.

Wal­la­bies: 1. James Slip­per, 2. Stephen Moore, 3. Sekope Kepu, 4. Will Skel­ton, 5. Rob Sim­mons, 6. Scott Fardy, 7. Michael Hooper, 8. Sean McMa­hon, 9. Nick Phipps, 10. Bernard Fo­ley, 11. Rob Horne,

12. Matt Toomua, 13. Te­vita Kuridrani, 14. Dane Haylett-Petty,15. Is­rael Fo­lau.

Re­serves: Tatafu Polota-Nau, Scott Sio, Greg Holmes, Adam Cole­man, Dean Mumm, Wy­cliff Palu, Nick Frisby, Chris­tian Leali’ifano, Taqele Nai­yar­a­voro. Planet Rugby

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