Naivalu gets bench role against Boks

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 09:08
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NEWS: Melbourne Rebels flyer Sefanaia Naivalu is in line to become the 900th Wallaby after Wallabies coach Michael Cheika finalised his bench ahead of the Rugby Championship Test against South Africa at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.


The 24-year old will also become the Wallabies 10th debutant of 2016, while fellow Rebel James Hanson will get the chance to add to his 10 Tests after being named on the bench

The hooker's last Test was over a year ago against the United States of America but he gets an opportunity in the absence of Tatafu Polota-Nau.

The Wallabies have never tasted victory at Loftus Versfeld but have won their last two games against the Springboks. 

A win for Australia in Pretoria would all but secure second spot in the Rugby Championship with New Zealand having wrapped up the 2016 title.

Australia - revised: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Dane Haylett-Petty, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Bernard Foley, 11 Reece Hodge, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Sean McMahon, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Dean Mumm, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 1 Scott Sio.          
Replcements: 16 James Hanson, 17 James Slipper, 18 Tom Robertson, 19 Kane Douglas, 20 Scott Fardy, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Tevita Kuridrani, 23 Sefanaia Naivalu.

Date: Saturday, October 1
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick-off: 17.05 (15.05 GMT; 1:05 AEST Sunday, October 2) 
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant referees: Johnny Lacey (Ireland), George Clancy (Ireland)
TMO: Jim Yuille (Scotland)

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