Dave Rennie has named a young XV to take on the All Blacks in a must-win Bledisloe III clash.
Twenty-year-old Noah Lolesio will wear the No.10 and is one of four debutants named in the Wallabies squad.
Other debutants are Irae Simone at No.12 and Fraser McReight and Tate McDermott, whom Rennie labelled “electric”, on the bench.
Lolesio will start at fly-half after James O’Connor was ruled out with a knee injury. Simone will also have his first taste for the Wallabies No.12 as he comes into the starting line up for the injured Matt To’omua.
Jordan Petaia will make his first start of the series, winning the race to No.13 over Hunter Paisami, while veteran Dane Haylett-Petty will start at full-back for Tom Banks.
After five weeks of training together, it’s no surprise to see plenty of young faces making their way through.
“It has to be (a team for right now),” Rennie said.
“We’ve certainly got an eye for the future but it’s also about winning on Saturday.
“We’re going to get a lot better over time but you’ve got to get results now too... But there’s no reason why if we go out and play our best on the weekend that we can’t get a win.”
“We’ve gone from 100-something Tests (between O’Connor and Toomua) to zero,” Rennie said.
“(Simone) playing outside Noah is going to help the young man. They’ve got a good combination and obviously Nic White from the same club is inside him.”
“It’s an especially significant night for us with the chance to represent and celebrate our First Nations people by wearing the Indigenous jersey on home soil in front of our Wallabies family.
“We know New Zealand will pose another tough challenge but we’ve prepared well and will be ready to go on Saturday night.”
WALLABIES TEAM TO PLAY NEW ZEALAND
- James Slipper
- Brandon Paenga-Amosa
- Allan Alaalatoa
- Lukhan Salakaia-Loto
- Matt Philip
- Ned Hanigan
- Michael Hooper (c)
- Harry Wilson
- Nic White
- Noah Lolesio
- Marika Koroibete
- Irae Simone
- Jordan Petaia
- Filipo Daugunu
- Dane Haylett-Petty
On the bench
- Jordan Uelese
- Scott Sio
- Taniela Tupou
- Rob Simmons
- Fraser McReight
- Tate McDermott
- Reece Hodge
- Hunter Paisami
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