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    Wallabies v Argentina - 7 October 2018

    "We need to take back what we lost on the Gold Coast": Foley at 10 as Wallabies hunt for redemption

    Today at 4:34 AM The Rugby Championship
    by Beth Newman


    Bernard Foley has reclaimed the Wallabies' playmaking reins against the Pumas as Australia looks for redemption in Salta.
    Foley has been named to start at flyhalf for the first time in four Tests, winning the battle with Matt Toomua for the no. 10 jersey.

    As expected, Kurtley Beale moves to inside centre for the clash while Toomua shifts back to the bench for his last Test before returning to Premiership side Leicester.

    Cheika said it was not Toomua's form that caused the change, preferring Beale's running game at 12 and said that Foley's response to being dropped meant he forced his way back into the starters.

    "I think he reacted to being left out of the team with just turning up his own involvement around the team as a whole," he said.

    "The playmakers have a really important role in driving everybody else and I think Foley since he's been left out has taken that on board.

    "He took the disappointment on board of that as well, didn't sook.

    "He got back into training and in with the other players and made sure he tried to improve himself and try and improve the team with that.

    "I feel like we've done that and he deserves a chance to come back in and have a look."

    Foley's stints off the bench have been some of his shortest involvements in games in recent memory after playing basically every minute of Super Rugby and Test rugby in 2018 to that point.

    That load is something Cheika said may have contributed to his form dip, even subconsciously but dismissed the notion Foley had become too comfortable with no regular pressure on his spot.

    "I think Bernard Foley played the most minutes of any player in Super Rugby, not just Australian players.

    "Sometimes, even though you don't want that to affect you, it can get in you.

    "So, maybe (it gave him) a bit of a freshen up and (to) realise, 'I've got to fight for my spot here and I've got to be excellent every day' is what someone needs.

    "I don't think he would've got complacent at all, I don't see that in him but when you look at it...if you compare him to the minutes that say Beauden Barrett played then there's a significant difference there."

    The playmaking reshuffle is the only change to the starting side with Cheika opting to stick with the rest of the team that faced South Africa in Port Elizabeth.

    Tolu Latu returns to the 23 after linking up with the squad in Argentina in place of injured hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau.
    Polota-Nau returned to England with a hamstring injury, opening the door for Latu's first Test appearance since the Sydney Bledisloe.

    Folau Faingaa will start for the second week in a row in Polota-Nau's absence, with Brandon Paenga-Amossa left out of the side.

    No. 8 Caleb Timu comes into the squad for the first time since the third June Series Test against Ireland, pipping potential debutant Angus Cottrell for the spot.

    Australia needs a win in the clash to avoid their first Rugby Championship wooden spoon, with just one victory so far in the tournament.

    The Wallabies will travel to Salta on Thursday evening local time and Cheika said they were out to 'take back what they lost' in a 23-19 loss to the Pumas on the Gold Coast last month.

    "We need to take back what we lost in the Gold Coast and that comes from the very top down," he said.

    "Obviously they've had a big change since Mario's come back - he's brought a different style of rugby and a different attitude to the team.

    "They've had good wins this year against South Africa and against Australia and losing on the Gold Coast hurt us and we'll be looking to get some of that back on Saturday."

    One of Rory Arnold or Rob Simmons is likely to drop out of an extended 24-man squad when the team is trimmed on Friday.

    The Wallabies face the Pumas in Salta on Sunday October 7 AEDT, kicking off at 9:40am, LIVE on FOX SPORTS and Channel Ten.

    TEAM
    IN: Tolu Latu, Caleb Timu
    OUT: Brandon Paenga-Amosa

    Wallabies to face Argentina
    1. Scott Sio (50 Tests)
    2. Folau Faingaa (4 Tests)
    3. Taniela Tupou (7 Tests)
    4. Izack Rodda (12 Tests)
    5. Adam Coleman (27 Tests)
    6. Ned Hanigan (16 Tests)
    7. Michael Hooper (c) (86 Tests)
    8. David Pocock (73 Tests)
    9. Will Genia (95 Tests)
    10. Bernard Foley (63 Tests)
    11. Marika Koroibete (16 Tests)
    12. Kurtley Beale (79 Tests)
    13. Reece Hodge (32 Tests)
    14. Israel Folau (68 Tests)
    15. Dane Haylett-Petty (26 Tests)

    Reserves
    16. Tolu Latu (8 Tests)
    17. Sekope Kepu (98 Tests)
    18. Allan Alaalatoa (28 Tests)
    19. Rob Simmons (89 Tests)
    20. Rory Arnold (18 Tests)
    21. Caleb Timu (2 Tests)
    22. Nick Phipps (68 Tests)
    23. Matt Toomua (38 Tests)
    24. Tom Banks (2 Tests)

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    Loosing loosing loosing lost interest completely now. I am one of thousands that are being let down and disappointed on a daily basis throughout Australia and not just WA. The national discontent is mind sapping.

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    So Cheika throws a 12 into the slot for two tests so he can say "there, I told you Foley was the best man for the job"

    It would only be worth watching to see Cheika explode at the ref for calling stuff that is absolutely correct

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    Argies by a try or two

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    What claptrap about Foley!

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    Yep. Foley is an average 10. We donít have any good 10ís. Again, Ned Hannigan......please stop selecting him. Perfect game to throw Angus a game to prove himself.

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    Ahhhh...the old "we're training well" Tahrds chestnut

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    Quote Originally Posted by sittingbison View Post
    Ahhhh...the old "we're training well" Tahrds chestnut
    Hanigan must train like Superman!

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    I think they should wear the lackey bands they use at training in the game-seems to be the only Ďskillsí practise they do all week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sittingbison View Post
    Ahhhh...the old "we're training well" Tahrds chestnut
    That and the references about attitude after being benched thereafter driving other players says a lot about team culture. When you hear coaches speak about leaders like McCaw, Read, Hodgson, Sharpe, Cooper Cronk, James Graham and the like, its about setting professional standards in preparation and mentoring younger players by their example. Consistently at every session.

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    😂 pathetic!

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    Greatest comeback ever according to our less than impressive commentators! For a clean out a big loss would have been good otherwise I think it's going to be business as usual!

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    Still pathetic and that win will not help Australian rugby! ☹️

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    Now it happen so quick so not sure if I heard Nick McArtle right but at half time I thought he said in regards to the wallabies first half performance to the others on the panel. How would you describe that performance - I mean you canít polish a turd. It was early in the morning and I was still sleepy, but if he said that it is some classic TV.

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    Spot on. Had to replay that bit as well. Thatís exactly what he said.

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