Rona to entrance opposite All Blacks


Australia manager Michael Cheika has handed Curtis Rona a entrance in a Wallabies group to play New Zealand in a Rugby Championship opener on Saturday.

Rona, a rugby joining convert, will line adult on a wing to reinstate Force teammate Dane Haylett-Petty, who has been ruled out with a bicep injury. 

Kurtley Beale creates his initial start given a 2015 World Cup final during inside centre while Samu Kerevi starts during outward centre.

Meanwhile, Sean McMahon will wear a series 8 jersey alongside blindside flanker Ned Hanigan and captain Michael Hooper in a lax trio.

Rory Arnold and Adam Coleman close down in a second quarrel while Stephen Moore reclaims a series dual jersey from Tatafu Polota-Nau.

Australia: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Curtis Rona, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Will Genia, 8 Sean McMahon, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Scott Sio
Replacements: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 Tom Robertson, 18 Sekope Kepu, 19 Rob Simmons, 20 Lopeti Timani, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Reece Hodge, 23 Tevita Kuridrani

Date: Saturday, Aug 19
Venue: ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Kick-off: 20:00 internal (10:00 GMT)
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
Assistant referees: Nigel Owens (Wales), Andy Brace (Ireland)
Television compare official: Rowan Kitt (England)


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