Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has named Kurtley Beale at fly-half for Saturday’s Test against South Africa with Matt Toomua to play inside centre.
In a further change to the backs, Israel Folau returns to the side at full-back after an ankle injury ruled out him out of the second Bledisloe Cup Test in Auckland.
Brumbies lock Rory Arnold will start in the second row for his first Test of 2018 while prop sensation Taniela Tupou has overcome a hamstring complaint to take his place on the bench.
Australia and South Africa couldn’t be split in the two encounters last year with a 23-all draw in Perth before playing out a 27-all draw in Bloemfontein, South Africa.
It’s been a happy hunting ground for the Wallabies at Suncorp Stadium recently though, with the Wallabies having won their last four games in Brisbane.
Elton Jantjies will start at fly-half as one of many changes for the Springboks when they take on the Wallabies.
The Boks have a new-look front row, a reshuffled loose trio as well as a different midfield combination following the announcement of the South African match 23 on Thursday.
Rassie Erasmus, SA Rugby’s Director of Rugby, also included uncapped outside back Cheslin Kolbe on the bench, with the former Blitzbok and Junior Springbok speedster set to make his full Test debut should he join the action as a replacement.
Steven Kitshoff and Bongi Mbonambi will form a new-look front row next to Frans Malherbe, while Tendai Mtawarira and Malcolm Marx are set to play off the bench.
Captain Siya Kolisi returns to the number six jersey after playing on the opposite side of the scrum against the Pumas in Durban and Mendoza. Pieter-Steph du Toit will start in the number seven jersey and Warren Whiteley completes the loose trio at number eight.
Elton Jantjies swaps places at fly-half with Handré Pollard, who is now amongst the replacements, with Faf de Klerk again performing the scrum-half duties.
Erasmus also rotated his midfield, which means a first start this year for Damian de Allende, who will resume his centre partnership with Jesse Kriel. Aphiwe Dyantyi and Makazole Mapimpi (wings) and the experienced Willie le Roux completes the rest of the South African backline.
“We are looking for a good response on Saturday against the Wallabies and I am sure that this side will be up to the task,” said Erasmus.
Australia: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Dane Haylett-Petty, 13 Reece Hodge, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Kurtley Beale, 9 Will Genia, 8 David Pocock, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Lukhan Tui, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Scott Sio
Replacements: 16 Folau Fainga’a, 17 Tom Robertson, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Izack Rodda, 20 Ned Hanigan, 21 Joe Powell, 22 Bernard Foley, 23 Jack Maddocks
South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Makazole Mapimpi, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Francois de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siyamthanda Kolisi (captain), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff
Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Tendai Mtawarira, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Rudolph Snyman, 20 Francois Louw, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Handré Pollard, 23 Cheslin Kolbe
Story derived from Planet Rugby