Deans rings changes

Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has made five changes for Saturday’s clash with Wales at the Millennium Stadium.

Four of the five changes are in the Australian pack with Phil Waugh starting at openside flank in place of George Smith who drops to the bench. Mark Chisholm starts in the second row, while loosehead Benn Robinson starts in the row.

Richard Brown replaces Wycliff Palu after a shoulder injury ruled out the powerhouse No 8.

The only change to the Aussie backline is at outside centre where Ryan Cross comes in after missing out on the French game through illness. Cross replaces Adam Ashley-Cooper who is bracketed on the bench alongside Lote Tuqiri.

“It’s because of our respect for them [Wales] that we have looked to inject some freshness into our group,” said Deans. “It’s been a demanding four weeks, with four very hard Test matches back-to-back. To expect the same guys to carry the load right through is unrealistic, and could easily have compromised us.

“The players we have introduced have been offering a lot to the group both on the field but also in training off the field.”

Australia - 15 Drew Mitchell, 14 Peter Hynes, 13 Ryan Cross, 12 Stirling Mortlock (c), 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Matt Giteau, 9 Luke Burgess, 8 Richard Brown, 7 Phil Waugh, 6 Hugh McMeniman, 5 Nathan Sharpe, 4 Mark Chisholm, 3 Al Baxter, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Benn Robinson.
Subs – 16 Adam Freier, 17 Matt Dunning, 18 Dean Mumm, 19 George Smith, 20 Sam Cordingley, 21 Quade Cooper, 22 Lote Tuqiri/Adam Ashley-Cooper.