International Rugby

Folau’s first start at centre

Australian coach Michael Cheika has been experimental in his selections for the upcoming All Black test, with star outside back Israel Folau shifted to the centre, in his first start in that position.

After shifting from full-back to wing already, Folau will now take up place at outside centre, playing alongside Kurtley Beale, with whom he shared the midfield for the Waratahs.

In other changes, Sefa Naivalu fills in at right wing, while Rob Simmons swops in for Adam Coleman at lock and Allan Alaalatoa starts ahead of Taniela Tupou at tighthead.


15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Sefa Naivalu, 13 Israel Folau, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Will Genia, 8 David Pocock, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Folau Faingaa, 1 Scott Sio

Substiitutes (one to be omitted): 16 Tolu Latu, 17 Sekope Kepu,18  Taniela Tupou, 19 Rory Arnold, 20 Jack Dempsey, 21 Pete Samu, 22 Nick Phipps, 23 Samu Kerevi, 24 Tom Banks

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