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Wallabies ring changes for England clash

  • Wallabies ring changes for England clash

    PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 19: Michael Cheika, Head Coach of Australia congratulates David Pocock of Australia following the international match between France and Australia at Stade de France on November 19, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Sefanaia Naivalu and Kane Douglas have been rewarded for impressive form with starting roles in the Wallabies' European rugby tour finale against England.

Coach Michael Cheika has made four changes to the starting team for Saturday's Twickenham showpiece following Saturday's loss to Ireland.

Naivalu replaces Henry Speight on the wing, while World Cup starter Douglas takes over from Rory Arnold in the second row.

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Powerful No.8 Lopeti Timani returns at the expense of Dean Mumm, with David Pocock moving from No.8 to the blindside flanker role.

And Nick Phipps takes over at halfback, with Cheika unable to secure Will Genia's release this week from his French club Stade Francais.

The decision to relegate Mumm will come at a cost to the lineout, leaving the visitors with one less frontline jumper.

Wallabies: Israel Folau, Dane Haylett-Petty, Tevita Kuridrani, Reece Hodge, Sefanaia Naivalu, Bernard Foley, Nick Phipps; Lopeti Timani, Michael Hooper, David Pocock, Kane Douglas, Rob Simmons, Scott Sio, Stephen Moore (capt), Sekope Kepu. Reps: Tolu Latu, James Slipper, Tom Robertson, Allan Alaalatoa, Dean Mumm, Sean McMahon, Nick Frisby, Quade Cooper, Henry Speight. (One to be omitted).

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