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    Wallabies v Georgia

    Cheika wants to "keep the contest alive" in squad as To'omua named at 10 for Georgia
    Today at 2:25 PM Rugby World Cup
    by Iain Payten in Japan


    UPDATE: Wallabies coach Michael Cheika says weekly changes to his team are partly about "keeping the contest alive" after naming Matt To'omua to be the Wallabies' third starting flyhalf in four Rugby World Cup matches.

    In a team captained by David Pocock, To'omua has replaced Christian Lealiifano, who played the full 80 minutes against Uruguay but is back on the bench under a workload management approach from Wallabies coaches. Nic White remains the starting halfback.

    Wallabies coach Michael Cheika said To'omua's impressive stints off the bench in the opening two matches had earned him a chance to start in the chief playmaking spot.

    "He's filled in there and done quite well there," he said.

    "He’s a different player to Lealiifano and Foley . He’s got a different style and a different type of defender and he’s done well in the opportunities he's been given.

    "Admittedly they’ve been second halves, where we've had more of a direct line and we want to try and start like that.

    "We're giving him an opportunity to show his wares and with Christian on the bench, they'll be working in tandem just in a different order."

    This is the third week in a row that the Wallabies have reshuffled their side and the third different halves partnership, something Cheika said was about ensuring players stayed on their toes.

    "This is how we think this squad’s best is to keep giving opportunities to guys to keep the contest alive with others so if we do the right thing and get through knockout stages, we know everyone’s been a part of doing their bit," he said.

    Jordan Petaia will run on for his second Test cap in Shizuoka after impressing against Uruguay in Oita, and with Marika Koroibete returning from a week off, Dane Haylett-Petty returns to the bench at the expense of Adam Ashley-Cooper.

    Up front, Pocock will skipper the team from open side flanker, with regular captain Michael Hooper switching roles from last week and being named on the bench.

    It is the first time Hooper has been named on the bench since a game against Argentina in Mendoza in 2015, but like Pocock in Oita, he is expected to get 30 minutes at the end of the game.

    Jack Dempsey will start at blindside flanker and Isi Naisarani returns at no.8.

    Allan Alaalatoa has been rested in the front row and will be replaced by Sekope Kepu, with Taniela Tupou still on the bench.

    Hooker Tolu Latu and Scott Sio also return in the front row.

    Starting locks Izack Rodda and Rory Arnold both resume their spots in the starting side after not playing against Uruguay
    last week.

    Despite a storming game last week against Uruguay, Tevita Kuridrani was left out of the 23. Samu Kerevi and James O’Connor will both return to the starting midfield and Haylett-Petty’s versatility was preferred on the bench.

    Cheika said another round of changes was part of the strategy they wanted to follow in the World Cup, keen to keep players on their toes.

    "Different teams do it differently,” he said.

    “Some want to go with the same players all the time and rest out.

    “We feel like keeping players competing for spots is working for us, I think we’re playing some good footy.

    “This is another chance for other guys to do the same."

    The Wallabies' clash with Georgia will be the first between the two nations in Test rugby and Cheika said it would be an exciting moment for the countries.

    "They’re very physical, that's quite obvious, it'll be a really good challenge for us," he said.

    "A lot of players play in professional leagues in France, England as well, they’re well attuned to competition at a high level.

    "It’s really exciting to be part of the first time two countries have ever faced off. We want to show them how we play our rugby and I’m sure they’ll be showing us how they play theirs."

    The Wallabies take on Georgia on Friday October 11, kicking off at 7:15pm local, 9"15pm AEDT, LIVE on Foxtel, Network Ten and via RUGBY.com.au RADIO, Rugyb Xplorer and Amazon Alexa.

    TEAM
    1. Scott Sio (61 Tests)
    2. Tolu Latu (17 Tests)
    3. Sekope Kepu (109 Tests)
    4. Izack Rodda (23 Tests)
    5. Rory Arnold (24 Tests)
    6. Jack Dempsey (13 Tests)
    7. David Pocock (c) (81 Tests)
    8. Isi Naisarani (6 Tests)
    9. Nic White (29 Tests)
    10. Matt To’omua (50 Tests)
    11. Marika Koroibete (26 Tests)
    12. Samu Kerevi (vc) (31 Tests)
    13. James O’Connor (50 Tests)
    14. Jordan Petaia (1 Test)
    15. Kurtley Beale (90 Tests)

    Reserves
    16. Jordan Uelese (7 Tests)
    17. James Slipper (94 Tests)
    18. Taniela Tupou (17 Tests)
    19. Adam Coleman (37 Tests)
    20. Michael Hooper (98 Tests)
    21. Will Genia (108 Tests)
    22. Christian Lealiifano (24 Tests)
    23. Dane Haylett-Petty (36 Tests)

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    Hooper, Coleman ruled out of Georgia match
    Yesterday at 4:18 PM Rugby World Cup
    by Beth Newman in Japan


    Wallabies captain Michael Hooper and lock Adam Coleman have been ruled out of Friday night's final pool match against Georgia.

    Hooper played no part in Thursday's captain's run in Shizuoka with Lukhan Salakaia-Loto running in his place in full captain's run gear.

    Coleman has been replaced by Rob Simmons in the matchday 23, with the latter now in line to play his 100th Test.

    Australia's usual skipper was initially named on the bench for this weekend's match with flanker David Pocock set to start and captain the side against Georgia.

    Hooper's late withdrawal means the flanker would have to wait until a Rugby World Cup semi-final to hit his own Test century.

    Both are expected to be fit for Australia's quarter-final next week, all but certainly against England, after Wales beat Fiji on Wednesday night.

    Forwards coach Simon Raiwalui played down any concerns over the fitness of the two.

    "They're just little niggles they're nothing too major but with that (quarter-final spot) confirmed we decided to go that way," he said.

    The scrum is expected to play a major role in the clash in Shizuoka, especially with a forecast for wet and windy conditions.

    Georgia coach Milton Haig praised improvement in the Wallabies scrum in the past year and Raiwalui said the competition bred within the team was pushing them in that area.

    "it's been a work in progress for a couple of years since we came in and I think each week we’ve been working on it, getting better, fine tuning," he said.

    "We've got a goal each week, improving.

    "I coached in France I understand what Georgia is about and where the spirit of rugby comes from, they love that scrum, they love that maul. We're looking forward to that challenge, the boys have worked really hard, I think some of the best competitions we've had have been inter-competition, so we compete...for those positions and against each other to make things better.

    "I think that's been a big part of it - the work these guys have done between themselves has really helped them improve."

    This will be the first time the Wallabies have faced Georgia in Test rugby history but stand-in skipper David Pocock said there would be no mystery about their opponents.

    "There's no shortage of footage, eight camera angles of each game, we've done our homework and give every team the respect they’ve deserve," he said.

    "We've prepped well and it being the first it's a little side note to what will be a very physical and tough game."

    The Wallabies trained as normal a day out from their Friday night match against Georgia, amid unprecedented changes to the World Cup schedule with two matches cancelled due to the threat of Typhoon Hagibis.

    Australia's match won't be affected Typhoon Hagibis, which is expected to hit Tokyo on Saturday, and at this stage, the team is planning to travel back to the capital on Saturday before flying to Oita ahead of their quarter-final against England.

    TEAM
    1. Scott Sio (61 Tests)
    2. Tolu Latu (17 Tests)
    3. Sekope Kepu (109 Tests)
    4. Izack Rodda (23 Tests)
    5. Rory Arnold (24 Tests)
    6. Jack Dempsey (13 Tests)
    7. David Pocock (c) (81 Tests)
    8. Isi Naisarani (6 Tests)
    9. Nic White (29 Tests)
    10. Matt To’omua (50 Tests)
    11. Marika Koroibete (26 Tests)
    12. Samu Kerevi (vc) (31 Tests)
    13. James O’Connor (50 Tests)
    14. Jordan Petaia (1 Test)
    15. Kurtley Beale (90 Tests)

    Reserves
    16. Jordan Uelese (7 Tests)
    17. James Slipper (94 Tests)
    18. Taniela Tupou (17 Tests)
    19. Rob Simmons (99 Tests)
    20. Lukhan Salakaia-Loto
    21. Will Genia (108 Tests)
    22. Christian Lealiifano (24 Tests)
    23. Dane Haylett-Petty (36 Tests)

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    Well that was convincing in the last 5 minutes!?!?

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    That must be Cheicka’s master plan. Ie Play like dicks for 75 min & & then a couple of well planned manoeuvres......NOT! Well done Georgia - what a great fight. Shoulda held onto the ball more.

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    Some twat... Oh, it was Phipps in the aftershow "analysis"... Said they had a couple of tricks up their sleeves they didn't want to reveal too early

    You can't make this shit up

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    Quote Originally Posted by sittingbison View Post
    Some twat... Oh, it was Phipps in the aftershow "analysis"... Said they had a couple of tricks up their sleeves they didn't want to reveal too early

    You can't make this shit up
    Like holding the ball, kicking at the right time to a SPACE, not missing tackles, not giving penalties away, turning up on the right day with the right kit. The list just goes on and on!

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    You forgot play for 80 minutes snob (maybe you didn't. I don't think they have that trick up their sleeve)

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    Did you catch up with Michael McDonalds mum Snob? Told her you would Be there. Unfortunately we’ve lost Michael to the Tahs.

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    No don’t think so. Meet Kerry or Kelly from WF and Ian Ps Mum and Dad. There were a few other WF supporters down the other end and a few around the bench but didn’t get to actually meet them just the good old go Force as we walked past.

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