Fiji Time: 5:29 AM on Monday 21 August

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Injuries force Wallabies line-up change

Aap
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

GOLD COAST - Ex-Wallabies skipper James Horwill will celebrate his 50th game for Australia against France in Melbourne on Saturday night after being named to start in a squad boasting three potential debutants.

Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie was forced to change a winning formula after hooker Stephen Moore (knee), lock Sam Carter (ankle) and back-rower Wycliff Palu (ankle) sustained injuries in last weekend's 50-23 first Test triumph in Brisbane.

Horwill is in the run-on line-up for Carter, NSW Waratahs hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau replaces Moore and Western Force workhorse Ben McCalman slots in at No.8 for Palu.

Palu who was injured in his 50th game for Australia is expected to return for the series finale in Sydney on June 21.

As expected Polota-Nau is starting hooker for the Etihad Stadium clash after a devastating 75-minute performance off the bench in the first Test.

Western Force hooker Nathan Charles and Melbourne Rebels pair Laurie Weeks and Luke Jones are in line to make their Test debuts after being chosen on the bench.

"It's disappointing to lose three key forwards through injury, but in Tatafu, James and Ben, we're bringing in a collective 126 games of international Test experience," McKenzie said.

"They understand what Test rugby is all about and will be determined to make the most of the opportunities they're being given.

"A special mention must be made of James, who plays his milestone 50th game for Australia this week.

"I've seen the many contributions he's made to rugby in this country over a long period and I couldn't be more pleased to be part of his milestone game on Saturday night.

Wallabies second Test squad: Israel Folau, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Tevita Kuridrani, Matt Toomua, Nick Cummins, Bernard Foley, Nic White; Ben McCalman, Michael Hooper (capt), Scott Fardy, James Horwill, Rob Simmons, Sekope Kepu, Tatafu Polota-Nau, James Slipper. Bench: Nathan Charles, Pek Cowan, Laurie Weeks, Luke Jones, Scott Higginbotham, Nick Phipps, Kurtley Beale, Pat McCabe.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.63320.6142
JPY 55.309152.3091
GBP 0.38640.3784
EUR 0.42580.4138
NZD 0.69220.6592
AUD 0.63630.6113
USD 0.50100.4840

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 14th, August, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. A farmer becomes King
  2. Fatal Nadi accident
  3. Queen of hearts
  4. The heron has landed
  5. Korovulavula takes Miss Charity crown
  6. PC121 tragedy: Part 3 - The trauma lives on
  7. Methodist Church to elect new leader
  8. Girl, 7, dies in accident
  9. Busy day for stall owners
  10. 'Dunn deal' for Anne

Top Stories this Week

  1. Fijian dies in crash after fleeing crime scene Tuesday (15 Aug)
  2. Man 'run over' by car Tuesday (15 Aug)
  3. Hope in the darkest hour Thursday (17 Aug)
  4. A farmer becomes King Sunday (20 Aug)
  5. The leaping point Monday (14 Aug)
  6. Man stabs duo Wednesday (16 Aug)
  7. Mysterious calls after the murder Tuesday (15 Aug)
  8. Nawai stops Tabuarua in the first round Monday (14 Aug)
  9. Retirement age, salary on agenda Wednesday (16 Aug)
  10. Surprise hailstorm Thursday (17 Aug)