James Horwill will captain the Wallabies for the first time following last week’s Wallaby World Cup squad announcement. Rocky Elsom, who lost the captaincy has retained his place at number six.
James O’Connor has been dropped from the team as well as receiving a five figure fine as punishment for missing the Wallaby Squad announcement. Adam Ashley-Cooper takes his place on the wing and comes into the midfield. Quade Cooper is likely to take over O’Connor’s kicking duties.
As the last hit out before the World Cup, Robbie Deans has taken the opportunity to give returning veterans Radike Samo and Dan Vickerman a starting spot. It will be the first time Samo has started for the Wallabies in seven years.
Whoever wins this match will secure the 2011 Tri Nations trophy. By winning in Auckland two weeks ago the All Blacks have already secured the Bledisloe Cup for the year.
The All Blacks will name their team on Thursday.
Wallabies Team to Play All Blacks:
Kurtley Beale, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Anthony Fainga’a, Pat McCabe, Digby Ioane, Quade Cooper, Will Genia, Radike Samo, David Pocock, Rocky Elsom, James Horwill (captain), Dan Vickerman, Ben Alexander, Stephen Moore, Sekope Kepu.
Reserves: Saia Fainga’a, Salesi Ma’afu, Rob Simmons, Ben McCalman, Scott Higginbotham, Luke Burgess, one to be confirmed.