The Rugby Championship: Wallabies side named to face the Springboks

Ewen McKenzie has named his team for the Rugby Championship match on this Saturday at Lang Park this morning as follows:

Israel Folau, Nick Cummins, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Christian Lealiifano, James O’Connor, Quade Cooper, Will Genia; Ben Mowen, Michael Hooper, Scott Fardy, James Horwill (capt), Rob Simmons, Sekope Kepu, Stephen Moore, James Slipper.

Bench: Saia Fainga’a, Scott Sio, Ben Alexander, Kane Douglas, Jake Schatz, Nic White, Matt Toomua, Jesse Mogg

The biggest change is Quade Cooper in for Matt Toomua whilst Israel Folau moves to fullback and Nick Cummins comes into the side on the wing. Ben Alexander has been dropped to the bench with Sepoke Kepu taking his place in the front row. Jake Schatz replaces his Queensland team mate Liam Gill on the bench whilst Jesse Mogg moves to the bench in place of Brumbies team mate Tevita Kuridrani.

Much will be made of Cooper coming in for Toomua. Frankly though it is the right decision given the spluttering attacking displays of the Wallabies in their first two outings in this Rugby Championship. That said, Will Genia has not been anywhere near his best so far so all of the blame ought not rest on Toomua’s shoulders.

Personally I continue to scratch my head at the ongoing selection of James O’Connor on the wing. He has been a liability in defence thus far and needed to be dropped for mine.

Kick-off is 8pm Saturday night Brisbane time.

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