Qantas Wallabies team to play Argentina in Brisbane

· The Rugby Championship
by Rugby Australia

Qantas Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has made five changes to his starting 15 and a further five to his reserves, ahead of Saturday night’s Mitsubishi Estate Rugby Championship clash with Argentina at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

Scott Sio is the only change to the forward pack as the 55-Test veteran returns from a hamstring injury that forced him out of last weekend’s Test against South Africa.

Will Genia, Christian Lealiifano, Marika Koroibete and Kurtley Beale will all start in a new-look backline as combinations continue to be tested before the Rugby World Cup in Japan later this year.

Saturday’s clash will be a memorable occasion for Genia, with the halfback set to play his last-ever game at Suncorp Stadium following his decision to retire from Test Rugby at the end of 2019.

Suncorp Stadium has proved a happy hunting ground for the wily number 9, who currently boasts 10 wins from his 12 games in Wallaby Gold at the venue.

The Test against Argentina will also mark the inspirational return of Christian Lealiifano to the International arena. The 31-year old flyhalf last played for the Wallabies in June 2016 against England, and has now returned to top form following a battle with leukaemia.

Meanwhile it’s a homecoming for utility James O’Connor who is set to play his first Test in almost six years (2142 days) after being named amongst the reserves. O’Connor signed for the Queensland Reds last week but missed selection for the Test against South Africa.

Luke Jones is also in line to cap his Test return with the flanker to wear the Wallabies jersey for just the fourth time in career and for the first time since the 2014 Spring Tour.

Squad members Joe Powell, Rob Valetini, Jack Maddocks and Jack Dempsey have all returned to their home states to play Club Rugby this weekend.

Australia have lost just one of their last eight games against Argentina, although that defeat came on home soil last year on the Gold Coast.

The Wallabies exacted some revenge in the return fixture after recording the biggest come-from-behind victory in tier-one Test history to secure a 45-34 victory in Salta, Argentina.

Tickets are still available for Saturday night’s clash at Suncorp Stadium, via Ticketek.

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Qantas Wallabies team to play Argentina at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane on Saturday 27 July, 7.45pm AEST

1. Scott Sio (55 Tests)

2. Folau Fainga’a (8 Tests)

3. Sekope Kepu (104 Tests)

4. Izack Rodda (18 Tests)

5. Rory Arnold (20 Tests)

6. Lukhan Salakaia-Loto (12 Tests)

7. Michael Hooper (c) (92 Tests)

8. Isi Naisarani (1 Test)

9. Will Genia (101 Tests)

10. Christian Lealiifano (19 Tests)

11. Marika Koroibete (20 Tests)

12. Samu Kerevi (vc) (26 Tests)

13. Tevita Kuridrani (59 Tests)

14. Reece Hodge (34 Tests)

15. Kurtley Beale (84 Tests)

Reserves

16. Tolu Latu (12 Tests)

17. James Slipper (87 Tests)

18. Taniela Tupou (12 Tests)

19. Rob Simmons (95 Tests)

20. Luke Jones (3 Tests)

21. Nic White (23 Tests)

22. Matt To’omua (43 Tests)

23. James O’Connor (44 Tests)

2019 Mitsubishi Estate Rugby Championship

South Africa 35 v 17 Qantas Wallabies at Emirates Airlines Park, Johannesburg, South Africa on Saturday 20 July
Qantas Wallabies v Argentina at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Saturday 27 July at 7.45pm AEST
Qantas Wallabies v New Zealand at Optus Stadium, Perth, Saturday 10 August at 7.45pm AEST

2019 Mitsubishi Estate Bledisloe Cup (second Test)
New Zealand v Qantas Wallabies at Eden Park, Auckland, Saturday 17 August at 5.35pm AEST

Take-off Test
Qantas Wallabies v Samoa at Bankwest Stadium, Parramatta, Saturday 7 September at 7.30pm AEST

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