The Wallabies have dropped captain Will Genia for Saturday’s Test against Argentina in Perth.
Ewen McKenzie, who coached Genia at the Reds, knows his team is at a crossroads, just a few Tests into his tenure. The Wallabies have lost three Tests against the All Blacks (twice) and Springboks since McKenzie took charge.
Brumbies scrumhalf Nick White will start.
‘The fact that Will has captained his country shows what high regard we hold him in and while he is naturally disappointed I also know how competitive he is and I’ve got no doubts he will train himself to a standstill to bounce back as a better player,’ said McKenzie.
‘We’ve spoken about what areas we believe he can continue to improve and evolve his game and he was receptive to going back and addressing those things.
‘In the end, it wasn’t an easy decision because he is undoubtedly a world class player.
‘However, we also feel Nic has earned an opportunity to start and will add his own uniqueness and point of difference to how we want to play this game.
‘Nic has had a great season with the Brumbies and has brought his own brand of energy and hard work to the Wallaby group.’
Wallabies – 15 Israel Folau, 14 James O’Connor, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Christian Leali’ifano, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen (c), 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 James Slipper.
Subs: 16 Saia Fainga’a, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Sekope Kepu, 19 Sitaleki Timani, 20 Ben McCalman, 21 Will Genia, 22 Matt Toomua, 23 Tevita Kuridrani.