Five Plus500 Brumbies in Wallabies Bledisloe Two selection

· The Rugby Championship
by Brumbies Media

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has named five Plus500 Brumbies in his side for Sunday’s Bledisloe Two showdown with New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland

James Slipper will start at loosehead prop, his 98th Test for Australia with Scotty Sio in the finishers in jersey 17. Brumbies skipper will look to provide impact once again as tighthead reserve. 

Nic White retains his starting jersey, partnering Reds playmaker James O'Connor in the halves.

Tom Banks impressive showing in Bledisloe one sees him keep his place at fullback. 

Despite a standout showing last Sunday, Pete Samu drops out of the 23 as do Folau Fainga'a, Rob Valetini and Noah Lolesio who will have to wait at least another week for his Test bow. 

Qantas Wallabies coach Dave Rennie said: “We’ve got a group of 44-men who are all working hard and pushing for selection.”

“We've had massive support from back home and as a team we definitely feel that and it’s something we’ll draw on on Sunday afternoon.

“We know that New Zealand will step it up another level this weekend, we’re excited by the challenge ahead."

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Wallabies team to play New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland on Sunday 18 October, 4:00pm NZDT/2:00pm AEDT

1. James Slipper (97 Tests)

2. Brandon Paenga-Amosa (4 Tests)

3. Taniela Tupou (20 Tests)

4. Lukhan Salakaia-Loto (22 Tests)

5. Matt Philip (4 Tests)

6. Ned Hanigan (20 Tests)

7. Michael Hooper (c) (100 Tests)

8. Harry Wilson (1 Test)

9. Nic White (32 Tests)

10. James O’Connor (53 Tests)

11. Marika Koroibete (29 Tests)

12. Matt To’omua (53 Tests)

13. Hunter Paisami (1 Test)

14. Filipo Daugunu (1 Test)

15. Tom Banks (7 Tests)


16. Jordan Uelese (10 Tests)

17. Scott Sio (64 Tests)

18. Allan Alaalatoa (36 Tests)

19. Rob Simmons (101 Tests)

20. Liam Wright (2 Tests)

21. Jake Gordon (2 Tests)

22. Jordan Petaia (3 Tests)

23. Reece Hodge (40 Tests)