September 03, 2021
Three Fijians Marika Koroibete, Rob Valetini and Samu Kerevi will start for the Wallabies against the All Blacks in the third Bledisloe test on Sunday.
Kerevi and Izack Rodda will make their long-awaited return to the Wallabies side for the third Bledisloe Test against the All Blacks.
Kerevi comes into the side at inside centre for Hunter Paisami, who will miss the game due to the birth of his child.
This also marks Kerevi’s first appearance since the 2019 Rugby World Cup, having spent the past two years in Japan plying his trade for Suntory.
Valetini retained his spot at the back of the scrum following an impressive performance in the last two tests.
And three Fijians Isi Naisarani, flyer Filipo Daugunu and Melbourne Storms star winger Suliasi Vunivalu missed their selection in the third test.
Meanwhile, Rodda will come off the bench in place of Lukhan Salakaia-Loto in front of his new home crowd after signing with the Force for the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific season.
There is one change to the starting forward pack from the second Test defeat, with hooker Folau Fainga’a set to play his first Test of 2021.
On the bench, Lachlan Lonergan comes back into the side, joined by Brumbies team-mate Pete Samu and Jordan Petaia.
Hooper leads from the front.
Wallabies Head Coach Dave Rennie said in a statement said that “It’s great to be able to call on the experience of Samu and Izack this weekend with Hunter and Lukhan leaving the group to be with their partners in what’s a really exciting time of their lives.”
“Both Samu and Izack have worked really hard since joining the group, been positive additions and have earned their opportunity to pull on the gold jersey on Sunday afternoon at Optus Stadium,” he added.
WALLABIES: James Slipper, Folau Fainga’a, Allan Alaalatoa, Darcy Swain, Matt Philip, Lachlan Swinton, Michael Hooper, Rob Valetini, Tate McDermott, Noah Lolesio, Marika Koroibete, Samu Kerevi, Len Ikitau, Andrew Kellaway, Tom Banks
Replacements; Lachlan Lonergan, Angus Bell, Taniela Tupou, Izack Rodda, Pete Samu, Nic White, Reece Hodge, Jordan Petaia
The Wallabies vs All Blacks match will kick off at 5pm on Sunday.
By Romeka Romena