Australia wants to continue in the fight for the Bledisloe Cup and this Saturday will revive New Zealand at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney. Game that will also mean the debut of the Three Nations and can be seen live this Saturday from 5.45 on ESPN 2 and ESPN Play.
Lolesio and Simone, 20, who led the Brumbies to the AU Super Rugby title and replace injured James O’Connor and Matt To’omua in the team’s first game on Aussie soil since the record win over Perth in August last year. The pair are two of four players who will make their debuts alongside Tate McDermott and Fraser McReight who will wait on the substitute bench.
“It’s really exciting to be able to name four more rookies to the team this week,” the Wallabies head coach said, adding: “We know New Zealand will present another tough challenge, but we have prepared well and will be ready to play on Saturday.” .
Australia: 1. James Slipper, 2. Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 3. Allan Alaalatoa; 4. Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 5. Matt Philip; 6. Ned Hanigan, 7. Michael Hooper (captain), 8. Harry Wilson; 9. Nic White, 10. Noah Lolesio; 11. Marika Koroibete, 12. Irae Simone, 13. Jordan Petaia, 14. Filipo Daugunu; 15. Dane Haylett-Petty.
Substitutes: 16. Jordan Uelese, 17. Scott Sio, 18. Taniela Tupou, 19. Rob Simmons, 20. Fraser McReight, 21. Tate McDermott, 22. Reece Hodge and 23. Hunter Paisami.