Bernard Foley and Will Genia return to face Wales, Karmichael Hunt back on bench
Last Updated: 09/11/17 1:52pm
First choice half-backs Bernard Foley and Will Genia return for Australia to face Wales in Cardiff on Saturday.
Fly-half Foley (illness) and scrum-half Genia (calf) were rested for the 63-30 rout of Japan in Yokohama last weekend.
Experienced rugby league convert Karmichael Hunt also returns to the matchday squad at the Principality Stadium for his first Test since June after a neck injury.
Reece Hodge moves back to the wing in place of Henry Speight, who starred against the 2019 World Cup Japanese hosts.
Samu Kerevi has retained his centre spot alongside hat-trick hero Tevita Kuridrani with Kurtley Beale again chosen at full-back.
"I think Samu's a very, very good player and I know he hasn't had it all his way this year so I'm eager to see him fight back and hold a spot in the team," Australia coach Michael Cheika said.
"A really good thing for us is we've got options around how we can set up because Karmichael can go to full-back or centre, Samu can go 12 or 13, Hodge can play pretty much anywhere now, and Beale can play 12, full-back or fly-half if we need.
"There was a lot happening last week, we lost a lot of players between that Barbarians game [against Australia] then the tour.
"If you look at our team, a lot of players haven't got much experience playing in the northern hemisphere so it's good to have some experience around them this week.
Australia have won their last 12 Tests against Wales but will be up against a new-look home side with injury problems, which was unveiled by head coach Warren Gatland earlier on Thursday.
Australia: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Marika Koroibete, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Reece Hodge, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Will Genia, 1 Scott Sio, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 3 Sekope Kepu, 4 Rob Simmons, 5 A Coleman, 6 Ned Hanigan, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 8 Sean McMahon.
Replacements: Stephen Moore, Tom Robertson, Allan Alaalatoa, Matt Philip, Ben McCalman, Nick Phipps, Karmichael Hunt, Henry Speight.