August 12, 2021
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Koroibete returns, Valetini shifts to No.8

Fiji-born Wallabies winger Marika Koroibete has returned from suspension and has been named in the starting line-up against the All Blacks in the second Bledisloe Test on Saturday.

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has made four changes to the side for this week’s test headlined by the return of Koroibete and Nic White.

Koroibete slots onto the wing in place of Jordan Petaia after serving his one-match suspension for breaking team protocols.

He is joined on the wing by Andrew Kellaway after an impressive showing in his starting debut.

This will also be Koroibete’s 37th test with the side.

Another Fijian back rower Rob Valetini will shift to No.8 this after Lachie Swinton returns and slots into the back row alongside captain Michael Hooper.  

Rebels duo Matt To'omua and Matt Philip have also earned starts following their impactful performances from the bench during last week's eight-point defeat.

To'omua will partner Hunter Paisami in the centres, with Paisami shifting to outside centre whilst Philip will partner Darcy Swain in their first Test start together in the second row.

Brumbies scrumhalf Nic White will make his return from injury. White is joined on the bench by Brumbies teammate Scott Sio, who are set for their first appearance for the Wallabies in 2021.

The Wallabies vs All Blacks match kicks off at 7.05pm on Saturday.

Wallabies: James Slipper, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Allan Alaalatoa, Darcy Swain, Matt Philip, Lachlan Swinton, Michael Hooper (c), Rob Valetini, Tate McDermott, Noah Lolesio, Marika Koroibete, Matt To’omua, Hunter, Andrew Kellaway, Tom Banks

Replacements: Jordan Uelese, Scott Sio, Taniela Tupou, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Harry Wilson, Nic White, Len Ikitau, Reece Hodge

By Romeka Romena  

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