Australia bring in lock Rob Simmons for Rugby Championship game against Argentina
Last Updated: 14/09/17 8:13am
Australia coach Michael Cheika has made two changes to his squad for Saturday's Rugby Championship game against Argentina in Canberra.
Lock Rob Simmons moves up from the bench at the expense of Rory Arnold in the only change to the starting line-up from the team that drew 23-23 with South Africa in Perth last week.
Izack Rodda could win his second cap after being named as second row cover in the replacements, while the uncapped Marika Koroibete was also named on the bench in place of his fellow former rugby league winger Curtis Rona.
Stephen Moore, who earlier this year stood down from the captaincy and announced he would be retiring from international rugby at the end of the season, returned to the squad this week after missing the Perth Test to be at the birth of his third child.
Cheika, however, has stuck with Tatafu Polota-Nau as his starting hooker with Jordan Uelese as back-up after the 20-year-old got his debut off the bench last week.
"He's a player we're looking to bring on," Cheika said of Uelese in Canberra on Thursday.
"I think giving him a couple of games in a row is the smarter idea to let him get a feel for what it's like back-to-back.
"I think it's a logical decision and Stephen will get some hard training under his belt and get himself right for the tour."
Australia: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Reece Hodge, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Will Genia; 1 Scott Sio, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 3 Sekope Kepy, 4 Rob Simmons, 5 Adam Coleman, 6 Ned Hanigan, 7 Michael Hooper, 8 Sean McMahon.
Replacements: 16 Jordan Uelese, 17 Tom Robertson, 18 Allan Alaalatoa, 19 Izack Rodda, 20 Jack Dempsey, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Samu Kerevi, 23 Marika Koroibete.