So, without further ado a reminder of the team news:
1. James Slipper, 2. Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 3. Allan Alaalatoa, 4. Rob Simmons, 5. Matt Philip, 6. Lachie Swinton, 7. Michael Hooper (c), 8. Harry Wilson; 9. Nic White, 10. Reece Hodge, 11. Marika Koroibete, 12. Hunter Paisami, 13. Jordan Petaia, 14. Tom Wright, 15. Tom Banks
Bench: Folau Fainga’a, Angus Bell, Taniela Tupou, Ned Hanigan, Liam Wright, Tate McDermott, Noah Lolesio, Filipo Daugunu.
1. Karl Tu’inukuafe, 2. Codie Taylor, 3. Ofa Tuungafasi, 4. Scott Barrett, 5. Sam Whitelock, 6. Akira Ioane, 7. Sam Cane (c), 8. Ardie Savea; 9. TJ Perenara, 10. Beauden Barrett, 11. Rieko Ioane, 12. Ngani Laumape, 13. Anton Lienert-Brown, 14. Sevu Reece, Jordie Barrett
Bench: Asafo Aumua, Alex Hodgman, Tyrel Lomax, Patrick Tuipulotu, Cullen Grace, Brad Weber, Damian McKenzie, Will Jordan.
Massive changes for both sides – I believe 10x new faces from last week for the ABs – but as I alluded to in the preamble – not for a second would you call these “weakened” sides. Imagine the luxury of bringing in TJ Perenara, Ngani Laumape, Rieko Ioane, Sevu Reece etc etc and that’s your “backup” XV.
For the Wallabies, injury to Lukhan Salakaia-Loto sees Rob Simmons into the run-on side, Lachie Swinton is handed a debut in the back row. The debutant playmakers from last week have both paid for indifferent showings, Reece Hodge comes in at fly half and twin Toms, Banks and Wright, come in at the back.