Wallabies rush Genia back

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 12:12

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika has made just the one change to his starting side for the Test against Scotland at Murrayfield Stadium on Saturday.

Will Genia goes straight into the starting side after returning to the Wallabies camp this week after completing club duties with Stade Francais.

The scrumhalf last played for the Wallabies more than a month ago, in the 33-21 win over Argentina in London.

It's a milestone game for star fullback Israel Folau, who will bring up his 50th cap in the rematch of the 2015 World Cup quarterfinal.

The 27-year-old has raced to the half century mark, only missing three possible Tests since making his debut against the British and Irish Lions in June 2013.  

Reserve scrumhalf Nick Phipps will also get the chance to earn his 50th cap after making his debut against Samoa in 2011. 

Phipps' switch to the bench is one of four changes to the reserves with Dean Mumm returning following a one-week suspension and Will Skelton set for his first Test since August. 

Australia: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Dane Haylett-Petty, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Reece Hodge, 11 Henry Speight, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Will Genia, 8 Lopeti Timani, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 David Pocock, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 1 Scott Sio.  
Reolacements: 16 Tolu Latu, 17 Tom Robertson, 18 Allan Alaalatoa, 19 Rob Simmons, 20 Will Skelton, 21 Dean Mumm, 22 Nick Phipps, 23 Quade Cooper.

Date: Saturday, November 12
Venue: Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Kick-off: 14.30 (14.30 GMT; 01.30 AEDT Sunday, November 13)
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand), Ian Davies (Wales)
TMO: Simon McDowell (Ireland)