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Beale starts at flyhalf for Australia against Boks




Australia rugby head coach Michael Cheika has named his Wallabies team to play South Africa’s Springboks and included Kurtley Beale at flyhalf and Matt Toomua at centre.

Bernard Foley who has played in his last 51 Tests has been dropped completely from the starting line up.

Since 2014 Foley has played in all of Australia’s Test except two (Uruguay, 2015, and Japan, 2017).

Beale has not played in the number 10 jersey since 2014 when he faced the All Blacks in Auckland.

Halfback Nick Phipps was ruled out of the match due to a rib injury.

Cheika has been able to include Israel Folau who returns to the side at fullback after an ankle injury ruled out him out of the second Bledisloe Cup Test in Auckland.

Brumbies lock Rory Arnold will start in the second row for his first Test of 2018 while prop sensation Taniela Tupou has overcome a hamstring complaint to take his place on the bench.

Australia and South Africa couldn’t be split in the two encounters last year with a 23-all draw in Perth before playing out a 27-all draw in Bloemfontein, South Africa.


1. Scott Sio, 2. Tatafu Polota-Nau , 3. Allan Alaalatoa , 4. Rory Arnold, 5. Adam Coleman , 6. Lukhan Tui , 7. Michael Hooper (c) , 8. David Pocock , 9. Will Genia , 10. Kurtley Beale, 11. Marika Koroibete, 12. Matt Toomua, 13. Reece Hodge, 14. Dane Haylett-Petty, 15. Israel Folau

Replacements : 16. Folau Faingaa, 17. Tom Robertson , 18. Taniela Tupou, 19. Izack Rodda , 20. Ned Hanigan , 21. Joe Powell , 22. Bernard Foley, 23. Jack Maddocks

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