Late blow for Wallabies

Tighthead prop Ben Alexander has been forced to withdraw from Saturday’s Test against the All Blacks because of a wrist injury.

Alexander will be replaced by James Slipper in the Wallabies’ starting side. This in turn sees Sekope Kepu elevated to the bench, where he will fill the void left by Slipper.

The Wallabies have already been forced to change their match 22 this week, with James Hansen coming in to replace Saia Fainga’a. Fainga’a was ruled out with a broken hand.

Wallabies (revised) – 15 Mike Harris, 14 Nick Cummins, 13 Ben Tapuai, 12 Pat McCabe, 11 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 10 Kurtley Beale, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Scott Higginbotham, 5 Nathan Sharpe (c), 4 Sitaleki Timani, 3 James Slipper, 2 Tatafu Polota Nau, 1 Benn Robinson
Substitutes: 16 James Hanson, 17 Sekope Kepu, 18 Kane Douglas, 19 Dave Dennis, 20 Liam Gill, 21 Brett Sheehan, 22 Drew Mitchell