Kurtley Beale has replaced Quade Cooper at flyhalf for the crunch match between Australia and South Africa at Loftus Versfeld.
Beale is shifted from fullback to the pivotal position of No 10, a move that suggests the Wallabies will persist with their expansive tactics. Coach Robbie Deans has neglected to employ the more conservative flyhalf option, that is Berrick Barnes, preferring to utilise Barnes’s boot from the fullback position. Barnes will kick for goal.
Nathan Sharpe will captain the Wallabies and will be joined by Kane Douglas in the second row. Sitaleki Timani has failed to recover from a hamstring strain and won’t be risked.
Brett Sheehan is the new face on a Wallabies bench that features just two backs.
Wallabies – 15 Berrick Barnes, 14 Dominic Shipperley, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Pat McCabe, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Kurtley Beale, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Radike Samo, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Dave Dennis, 5 Nathan Sharpe (c), 4 Kane Douglas, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Tatafu Polota Nau, 1 Benn Robinson
Subs: 16 Saia Fainga’a, 17 James Slipper, 18 Rob Simmons, 19 Scott Higginbotham, 20 Liam Gill, 21 Brett Sheehan, 22 Anthony Fainga’a