Wallabies overlook Moore for Scotland Test

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 05:26
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Wallabies captain Stephen Moore was overlooked for the second Test in a row Thursday, as Eto Nabuli was handed his debut against a Scottish team making eight changes after last week's thumping win against Italy.

Veteran Moore only made the bench in Australia's 37-14 win against Fiji last weekend and may not get that far in Sydney on Saturday, with coach Michael Cheika saying he was in a fight with Tolu Latu to be among the reserves.

Nabuli, the Queensland Reds' Fijian-born wing, is the only change to the run-on side after Henry Speight suffered a minor hamstring strain in his two-try performance against Fiji.

Rugby League convert Karmichael Hunt retains his place at inside centre after an encouraging debut last Saturday, with Michael Hooper again skippering the side.

Hooker Moore, who has played 118 Tests, told the Sydney Daily Telegraph Thursday that he isn't retiring and wants to be playing for the Wallabies at the 2019 World Cup.

The 34-year-old said the leadership shuffle was all part of Cheika's long-term strategy.

"We have had a number of discussions about that going way back so it hasn't come out of nowhere. Those roles, they're fluid and they evolve over time," Moore said.

"I am really comfortable with how all that is panning out."

Cheika will be mindful that the Wallabies beat fifth-ranked Scotland by just one point in their previous two meetings and lost to them 6-9 in their last home encounter in 2012. 

Australia: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Dane Haylett-Petty, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Karmichael Hunt, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Will Genia, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Sam Carter, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Tom Robertson
Replacements: TBC

Date: Saturday, June 17
Venue: Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Kick-off: 15.00 (06.00 UK time; 05.00 GMT)
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant referees: Matthew Carley (England), Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
TMO: TBC