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Pocock and Folau return for Australia against Argentina

Australia's Israel Folau will start on the wing in the Rugby Championship

Australia's Israel Folau will start on the wing in the Rugby Championship

Australia head coach Michael Cheika has named his Wallabies team to play Argentina in the Rugby Championship and included both David Pocock and Israel Folau in the team.

Folau returns to the starting line up but not at fullback as he will start on the wing after recovering from an ankle injury in the opening Bledisloe Cup clash.


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As Folau has been named on the right wing, Dane Haylett-Petty will retain the number 15 jersey after two standout displays at fullback.

Pocock has also been passed fit after battling a neck complaint which ruled him out of last week’s victory over South Africa.

Adam Coleman returned to Wallabies camp on the Gold Coast last night after the birth of his first child in Melbourne on Sunday and will start on the bench against Argentina.

Prop Sekope Kepu is set to earn his 97th Test cap on Saturday night with the veteran also named amongst the reserves, after missing the matchday 23 for the Wallabies’ 23-18 win over South Africa last weekend.

Former Wallabies scrum coach Mario Ledesma has been a revelation as new head coach of Argentina, with the Pumas having already earned a comfortable win over South Africa in the Rugby Championship last month.

Australia and Argentina have met twice before at Cbus Super Stadium with the Wallabies sneaking home with single-digit wins on both occasions.

Australia

Dane Haylett-Petty, Israel Folau, Reece Hodge, Marika Koroibete, Matt Toomua, Kurtley Beale, Will Genia, David Pocock, Michael Hooper (captain), Lukhan Tui, Izack Rodda, Rory Arnold, Allan Alaalatoa, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Scott Sio.

Replacements: Folau Faingaa, Sekope Kepu, Taniela Tupou, Adam Coleman, Pete Samu, Nick Phipps, Bernard Foley, Jack Maddocks

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