Saturday 17 March 2018 / 05:07 PM

Cheika changes up Wallabies side for Pumas Test

Michael Cheika has made seven changes to his victorious Wallabies starting line-up for their first away match of the Rugby Championship, against Argentina in Mendoza on Saturday.

With Will Genia and Matt Giteau out injured, Nick Phipps and Matt Toomua come into the starting side respectively, while Bernard Foley replaces Quade Cooper, who drops back to the bench.

Joe Tomane comes onto the wing for Rob Horne in the other change to the backline.

In the pack, Greg Holmes replaces Sekope Kepu in the front-row, and David Pocock and Ben McCalman slot in for Michael Hooper and Scott Higginbotham respectively.

Dean Mumm, Nic White and Kurtley Beale are the new additions to the bench, where they will be joined by last week’s starters Kepu, Hooper and Cooper.

Australia is playing its first match against the Pumas since the shock 21-17 loss in Mendoza during last year’s tournament, which was made all the more infamous by the Kurtley Beale-Di Patston-Ewen McKenzie fiasco, which eventually led to the coach tendering his resignation after the subsequent Bledisloe Test.

The Wallabies have won two (Wales, South Africa) and lost three (France, Ireland, England) of their five Tests under Cheika’s charge.

WALLABIES LINE-UP TO PLAY ARGENTINA – Sunday, 8.40am (AEST) @ Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza

1 James Slipper

2 Stephen Moore (c)

3 Greg Holmes

4 Will Skelton

5 Rob Simmons

6 Scott Fardy

7 David Pocock

8 Ben McCalman

9 Nick Phipps

10 Bernard Foley

11 Joe Tomane

12 Matt Toomua

13 Tevita Kuridrani

14 Adam Ashley-Cooper

15 Israel Folau


Tatafu Polota-Nau, Scott Sio, Sekope Kepu, Dean Mumm, Michael Hooper, Nic White, Quade Cooper, Kurtley Beale

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