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Australia head coach Michael Cheika has named a Wallabies starting side with one change for this weekend’s Rugby Championship match against Argentina in Perth.

Queensland Reds lock Rob Simmons returns to the starting side having played two games for Queensland Country.

Simmons missed the Wallabies loss in New Zealand to the All Blacks and last week’s victory over South Africa in Brisbane.

The 27-year old will partner Adam Coleman in the second row, in what will be the sixth different lock combination used by Michael Cheika in 2016.

Coleman and fellow Western Force star Dane Haylett-Petty will get the chance to run out in front of their home crowd while Reece Hodge retains his spot on the wing after an impressive run-on debut last weekend.

A Test debut beckons for Waratahs prop Tom Robertson, who is line to become the eighth Wallaby debutant this season after he was named on an extended bench.

Melbourne Rebels’ star Lopeti Timani has again been named amongst the reserves with the final decision on the bench to be confirmed after the Captain’s Run at nib Stadium on Friday.

Henry Speight could also be set for a return to the Test arena for the first time since facing Uruguay at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, after impressing for the Vikings in theNational Rugby Championship.

Australia

1. Scott Sio,2. Stephen Moore (c) ,3. Sekope Kepu ,4. Rob Simmons ,5. Adam Coleman ,6. Dean Mumm ,7. Michael Hooper ,8. David Pocock ,9. Will Genia ,10. Quade Cooper ,11. Reece Hodge ,12. Bernard Foley ,13. Samu Kerevi ,14. Dane Haylett-Petty ,15. Israel Folau ,

Replacements (one to be omitted): Tatafu Polota-Nau ,James Slipper,Tom Robertson*Rory Arnold,Lopeti Timani*Sean McMahon ,Nick Phipps ,Tevita Kuridrani,Henry Speight ,

*denotes uncapped player

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