Wallabies latest – Gits axed in shake up

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Gits axed in shake up - Matt Giteau has been dumped from Australia’s match 22 for their Test against the Springboks in Sydney.

Giteau has struggled for form for some time now and after starting against Samoa at the weekend coach Robbie Deans can find no place for him in his match day squad.

Pat McCabe holds on to his place in midfield ahead of Anthony Faingaa, who will play off the bench. Elsewhere in the backline there are starts for all the first-choice players, including Super Rugby’s form halfback pair, Will Genia and Quade Cooper.

In the forwards Reds duo James Horwill and Rob Simmons run on in the second row, relegating veteran Nathan Sharpe to the bench, while David Pocock returns to openside flank.

Australia - 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 James O’Connor, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Pat McCabe, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 David Pocock, 6 Rocky Elsom (c), 5 James Horwill, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Sekope Kepu.
Subs: 16 Saia Faingaa, 17 Pekahou Cowan, 18 Nathan Sharpe, 19 Matt Hodgson, 20 Scott Higginbotham, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Anthony Faingaa.