W Brandon Paenga-Amosa will play his first Test since 2018 against the All Blacks on Sunday. Photo: Getty Images
Wallabies change four for Bledisloe II
By Raga House | Fri 16 Oct, 2020 01:55

Ned Hanigan will play his first Test in almost two years after being called into the Wallabies' starting XV as one of four changes made by Dave Rennie for Sunday's second Test against the All Blacks at Eden Park, Auckland, 6 am Kenyan time.

The 25-year-old, who played the last of his 20 Tests against England at Twickenham in November 2018, comes into the back-row for Pete Samu, who has been dropped from the squad. The decision to axe Samu is a tough one, but it reveals the cut-throat nature of selection and that Rennie won't rest on his laurels in attempt to win back the Bledisloe for the first time since 2002.

His return at blindside flanker sees Harry Wilson shift to the back of the scrum after a memorable debut during last week's epic 16-16 draw in Wellington.

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The other change to the starting side is in the front-row, with Reds rake Brandon Paenga-Amosa to wear the No.2 jersey after Folau Fainga'a was dropped from the side. It was only on Wednesday that Wallabies assistant coach Geoff Parling had said emphatically that the Wallabies need to back their players.

But Rennie has found it necessary to make a change in the key hooking position, with Fainga'a losing three throws in the first half.

The backline stays the same, but the Wallabies will have some serious firepower to bring off the bench with Jordan Petaia named as a replacement after failing in his quest to be fit for Bledisloe I.

WALLABIES (1-15): James Slipper, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Taniela Tupou, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Matt Philip, Ned Hanigan, Michael Hooper (c), Harry Wilson, Nic White, James O'Connor, Marika Koroibete, Matt To'omua, Hunter Paisami, Filipo Daugunu, Tom Banks

Reserves: Jordan Uelese, Scott Sio, Allan Alaalaota, Rob Simmons, Liam Wright, Jake Gordon, Jordan Petaia, Reece Hodge

-Rugby.com.au

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