Petia at fullback for the Wallabies in the second Test against England

Brisbane, Australia ( Associated Press) – Jordan Petia will start at fullback while former rugby league star Suliyasi Vunivalu will have to wait for the Wallabies to start after being overlooked to play England in the second Test on Saturday.

Andrew Kelaway’s hamstring injury in training this week and Tom Banks’ broken arm in Australia’s 30-28 win over England in the first Test allowed coach Dave Rennie to schedule 22-year-old Petia for his 18th Test. Gave.

Brisbane-born Petia scored on his Test debut as a 19-year-old against Uruguay at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Petia’s Queensland Reds teammate Vunivalu will not take the wing position that Petia vacated, with another former National Rugby League player Tom Wright replaced.

Inside center Samu Carevi returns to Brisbane’s Lang Park, having made his Wallabies debut against England at the same venue in 2016. He will combine with Reds center Hunter Paisami who will replace Len Ikitou at outside centre.

Locke Darcy Swain was unavailable for selection after being suspended for two matches following a red card for a foul in the first Test.

Last Saturday’s win in Perth broke an eight-match Australian losing streak against England. The Wallabies have won their last 10 Tests in Brisbane.

Wallabies will wear their First Nations jerseys and sing the national anthem in the Ugamba indigenous language as they pay tribute to Lloyd McDermott, who identifies the first Wallaby as First Nations man.

It was expected that England would decide the name of their team later on Thursday.



Australia: Jordan Petia, Tom Wright, Hunter Paisami, Samu Carevi, Marika Koroibet, Noah Lolesio, Nick White, Rob Valetini, Michael Hooper, Rob Leota, Cadren Neville, Matt Phillippe, Tanila Tupo, David Porecki, Angus Bell. Reserves: Folau Finga, Scott Seo, James Slipper, Nick Frost, Pete Samu, Jake Gordon, James O’Connor, Izia Perez.

England: To be nominated.


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