Sunday 18 February 2018 / 12:36 PM

McKenzie forced to make three changes

Ewen McKenzie has made three changes ahead of the Wallabies’ second Test against France in Melbourne this Saturday.

Recently appointed captain Stephen Moore went off early in Australia’s 50-23 thrashing of France at Suncorp Stadium. Moore’s torn ligaments in his left knee will see him miss the rest of the 2014 season.

Tatafu Polota-Nau will come in for Moore at hooker, with openside flanker Michael Hooper to wear the captain’s band. Hooper, Australia’s 82nd Test captain, becomes the Wallabies’ third-youngest skipper at just 22 years of age.

James Horwill will play his 50th international as he replaces the injured Sam Carter, who has also been ruled out of the entire series with a high ankle sprain.

No.8 Wycliff Palu will sit out the second Test with an ankle injury, but will be available for the final match-up against France in Sydney. Ben McCalman will be promoted to the starting line-up.


Three debutants in Laurie Weeks (prop), Nathan Charles (hooker) and Luke Jones (lock) will take their place on the bench.



1. James Slipper
2. Tatafu Polota-Nau
3. Sekope Kepu
4. Rob Simmons
5. James Horwill
6. Scott Fardy
7. Michael Hooper (c)
8. Ben McCalman
9. Nic White
10. Bernard Foley
11. Nick Cummins
12. Matt Toomua
13. Tevita Kuridrani
14. Adam Ashley-Cooper
15. Israel Folau

16. Nathan Charles
17. Pek Cowan
18. Laurie Weeks
19. Luke Jones
20. Scott Higginbotham
21. Nick Phipps
22. Kurtley Beale
23. Pat McCabe


Second Test: Wallabies vs. France, Saturday June 14, 8:05pm at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne.


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