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Wallabies finalise bench for Argentina




Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika has finalised his replacements bench for this weekend’s Rugby Championship match against Argentina at Twickenham.

Cheika has retained Reds recruit Leroy Houston who was added to the squad earlier this week. Should he come off the replacments bench it will be for his Test debut.

As Cheika has retained Houston the Wallabies will have a 6-2 split of forwards and backs.

Houston is in line to become the 901st Wallaby and 11th debutant of 2016, should he take the field against the 7th ranked Pumas at Twickenham.

The 29-year old is currently plying his trade for English Premiership side Bath, after the Queensland Reds allowed him to join on a medical loan.

His debut is set to come 11 years after his first international call-up, when he was named in the Wallabies squad for the 2005 Spring Tour by then-coach Eddie Jones.

Wallaby 900 Sefa Naivalu has been omitted from the extended bench named yesterday with prop Tom Robertson switching to loosehead at the expense of veteran James Slipper.


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

Replacements : 16. James Hanson ,17. Tom Robertson ,18. Allan Alaalatoa ,19. Kane Douglas ,20. Scott Fardy ,21. Leroy Houston*22. Nick Phipps ,23. Tevita Kuridrani ,

*denotes uncapped player

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