VIDEO: Three debutants named for opening series clash with Ireland
Michael Cheika has backed the newcomers in his squad to stand up and shine after naming debutants Brandon Paenga-Amosa and Caleb Timu in his run-on Wallabies side to take on Ireland in Brisbane tomorrow night, with new Brumbies recruit Pete Samu on the bench.
Cheika explained his selections to the media yesterday, while Paenga-Amosa struggled to hide his excitement, after a meteoric rise from club to international rugby over the last 12 months.
The clash is the first of a three-test series against Ireland, who currently sit second on the World Rugby test rankings.
Qantas Wallabies v Ireland, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Saturday 9th June, 8.05pm AEST
Qantas Wallabies: 1. Scott Sio (43 Tests); 2. Brandon Paenga-Amosa*; 3. Sekope Kepu (91 Tests); 4. Izack Rodda (4 Tests); 5. Adam Coleman (20 Tests); 6. David Pocock (66 Tests); 7. Michael Hooper (c) (79 Tests); 8. Caleb Timu*; 9. Will Genia (88 Tests); 10. Bernard Foley (55 Tests); 11. Dane Haylett-Petty (18 Tests); 12. Kurtley Beale (71 Tests); 13. Samu Kerevi (18 Tests); 14. Marika Koroibete (8 Tests); 15. Israel Folau (62 Tests)
16. Tolu Latu (4 Tests); 17. Allan Alaalatoa (23 Tests); 18. Taniela Tupou (1 Test); 19. Rob Simmons (82 Tests); 20. Lukhan Tui (4 Tests); 21. Pete Samu*; 22. Nick Phipps (61 Tests); 23. Reece Hodge (24 Tests)