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Australians make four changes for Bok clash


Tomorrow nights clash is vital for the Australians as the Boks currently top the standings following two convincing wins against Argentina

BULLDOZER: Tatafu Polota-Nau dons the No 2 jersey when Australia face-off against South Africa tomorrow.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has made four changes to his starting XV for tomorrow night’s clash with South Africa at Perth’s nib Stadium.

Tatafu Polota-Nau will wear the No 2 jersey with Sekope Kepu to start alongside him in the scrum as Allan Alaalatoa shifts to the reserves.

Adam Coleman returns to the starting side following his late withdrawal prior to the second Bledisloe Cup clash but Dane Haylett-Petty will miss the remainder of the year with the winger to undergo surgery on a biceps injury.

Tomorrow night is set to cap a rapid rise for hooker Jordan Uelese, with the 20-year-old in line to become Wallaby 912 after he was named to debut off the bench.

Uelese is set to be the ninth Wallabies debutant of 2017, after rocketing into Wallabies contention following his performances for the Australia Under-20s at this year’s World Under-20 Championships in Georgia. Flanker Jack Dempsey is on the bench and in line for just his second cap after his debut against Italy in June, while Samu Kerevi returns to the matchday 23 in the No 22 jersey.

Tomorrow night’s clash is vital for Michael Cheika’s side with the Wallabies currently third on the Rugby Championship table after collecting just one bonus point from the opening two rounds. The Boks currently top the standings following two convincing wins against Argentina, although history is in Australia’s favour with the Wallabies having won their last three at home against the Springboks. The two sides last met in Perth in 2014 as Australia snuck home for a memorable 24-23 win, thanks to a last-gasp try from Rob Horne.

Wallabies (15-1): Israel Folau, Henry Speight, Tevita Kuridrani, Kurtley Beale, Reece Hodge, Bernard Foley, Will Genia, Sean McMahon, Michael Hooper (captain), Ned Hanigan, Adam Coleman, Rory Arnold, Sekope Kepu, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Scott Sio. Bench: Jordan Uelese*, Tom Robertson, Allan Alaalatoa, Rob Simmon, Jack Dempsey, Nick Phipps, Samu Kerevi, Curtis Rona. – ANA