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Noah Lolesio snubbed as Ben Donaldson gets nod at No.10 for Wales Test


“He’s got points of difference and we want to see what that’s like under the blowtorch. His versatility helps too. He can play [number] 15.

“[Noah] wants to start. There’s no doubt about that. We talk about earning the right to start and earning the right to play and he’s played a lot of good footy for us in some big games. You gotta back that up consistently. There are areas where Noah is trying to develop; his game awareness and his ability to run a game. It wasn’t easy for him against Italy where we didn’t go that well in front of him. We could easily have started Noah. We wanted to find out a bit more about Donno.”

Donaldson, a Randwick junior, could have NSW teammate Jake Gordon alongside him at halfback this week, with fellow Waratahs teen Mark Nawaqanitawase named for his third straight Test on the wing following an attention grabbing efficiency in Australia’s 13-10 loss to Ireland.

Donaldson has the possibility to rebuild his confidence by steering the Wallabies to victory in Cardiff and snapping Australia’s three-game shedding streak to Wales.

Rennie’s determination to bench Lolesio, nonetheless, will pose extra questions on his future. It’s hardly a present of religion in a participant Wallabies coaches initially thought of leaving out of the touring squad.

Tom Wright has been named at fullback and Jordan Petaia on the wing as a part of eight adjustments Rennie has been pressured to make to his beginning XV. Jock Campbell may think about himself just a little unfortunate.

Dave Rennie and Jake Gordon after the Wallabies’ loss to Ireland.

Dave Rennie and Jake Gordon after the Wallabies’ loss to Ireland.Credit:AP

“I think Tom Wright’s voice is massive and his work-rate off the ball [is great],” Rennie stated. “Jordy was excellent when he came on – the best we’ve seen him play this year – so he’s probably more suited to the wing for us. He can move back there.”

Seven gamers – Michael Hooper, Nic White, Dave Porecki, Paisami, Andrew Kellaway, Taniela Tupou and Rob Valetini – have been unavailable resulting from accidents and concussion protocols after the bruising Ireland Test. Australia solely had 25 match gamers to select from.

Former Wallabies captain and halfback George Gregan was noticed at coaching on Wednesday giving the workforce a couple of ideas.

The unhappy actuality is that one damage to a halfback – or hooker – earlier than Saturday’s match would require the workforce to ship out an SOS.

Former Wallabies star Drew Mitchell, who performed his final Test in 2016, despatched out a light-hearted tweet this week.

“Not sure if this is relevant information but I will be in Cardiff this weekend. Just saying,” Mitchell wrote.

Asked what would occur if a again went down, Rennie stated: “I hear Drew Mitchell is available. It’s probably a 6-2 [forward and backs] split. The injuries are a massive negative.”

Prop Matt Gibbon and second-rower Darcy Swain are the one two gamers within the squad who received’t be used, whereas tight-head prop Sam Talakai is in line to make his Wallabies debut off the bench.


Rennie desires one final massive push from the battered and bruised Wallabies in opposition to a Welsh aspect who fell to Georgia final week.

“They’ll be hurting. We’re hurting as well,” Rennie stated. “We put lots into final week’s effort and got here up brief. They’re in all probability getting it within the media right here they usually’ll desire a response. We absolutely perceive the depth required.

Source: www.smh.com.au


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