September 12, 2021
Fiji-born Olympian Samu Kerevi, winger Marika Koroibete and second rower Rob Valetini will start for the Wallabies against world champions South Africa in the 2021 Rugby Championship tonight.
Kerevi will link up with Len Ikitau in the midfield while wingers Marika Koroibete and Andrew Kellaway are in the back three completed by full-back Tom Banks at fullback.
Tate McDermott will partner Quade Cooper at fly-half while Valetini continues to retain his spot in the team following his four recent impressive performances.
Cooper's return has grabbed the headlines, while Michael Hooper will equal George Gregan’s Australian record for most Tests as Wallabies captain when he leads the side out for the 59th time.
Front rower Angus Bell, the youngest member of the squad, joins hooker Folau Fainga’a and tighthead prop Allan Alaalatoa in the front row while Izack Rodda starts in the second row alongside Matt Philip and the back row remains unchanged for the third straight Test.
The Wallabies vs Springboks match kicks off at 10.05pm.
Australia:Tom Banks, Andrew Kellaway, Len Ikitau, Samu Kerevi, Marika Koroibete, Quade Cooper, Tate McDermott, Angus Bell, Folau Fainga’a, Allan Alaalatoa, Izack Rodda, Matt Philip, Lachlan Swinton, Michael Hooper (capt), Rob Valetini.
Replacements: Feleti Kaitu’u, James Slipper, Taniela Tupou, Rob Leota, Pete Samu, Nic White, Reece Hodge, Jordan Petaia.
South Africa: Willie le Roux, Sbu Nkosi, Lukhanyo Am, Damian de Allende, Makazole Mapimpi, Handré Pollard, Faf de Klerk, Steven Kitshoff, Bongi Mbonambi, Frans Malherbe, Eben Etzebeth, Lood de Jager, Siya Kolisi (capt), Franco Mostert, Duane Vermeulen.
Replacements: Malcolm Marx, Ox Nché, Vincent Koch, Marco van Staden, Kwagga Smith, Jasper Wiese, Herschel Jantjies, Damian Willemse.
By Romeka Romena