After a seemingly endless period of political one-upmanship and jockeying for position, Australia and New Zealand have finally arrived at a sensible compromise for Super Rugby 2021.
The Wallabies will begin their Spring Tour Test series with a match against Wales. Kick-off is scheduled for 1:30am on Sunday 6 November (AEDT).
When: 1:30am AEDT, Sunday 6 November
Where: Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
TV: BeIN 1
Betting: Wales $2.18, Australia $1.69
Leigh Halfpenny, Alex Cuthbert, Jonathan Davies, Jamie Roberts, George North, Dan Biggar, Rhys Webb, Ross Moriarty, Justin Tipuric, Dan Lydiate, Luke Charteris, Bradley Davies, Samson Lee, Ken Owens, Gethin Jenkins (capt).
Reserves: Scott Baldwin, Nicky Smith, Tomas Francis, Cory Hill, James King, Gareth Davies, Sam Davies, Hallam Amos.
Israel Folau, Dane Haylett-Petty, Tevita Kuridrani, Reece Hodge, Henry Speight, Bernard Foley, Nick Phipps, Lopeti Timani, Michael Hooper, David Pocock, Adam Coleman, Rory Arnold, Sekope Kepu, Stephen Moore (capt), Scott Sio.
Reserves: Tolu Latu, James Slipper, Allan Alaalatoa, Rob Simmons, Scott Fardy, Nick Frisby, Quade Cooper, Sefa Naivalu.
David Pocock will return from a broken hand to play in the match, though will be played out of his usual position, starting at No.6 for the first time in his Test career.
“We’re going to try to play attacking footy so we’re going to have to work quite hard,” said Wallabies coach Michael Cheika.
“Those two boys (Hooper and Pocock) are playing in a slightly different role, but they can share a bit of the openside work if they want to and do things a bit differently.
“I just think that’s the right call. (A) like-for-like (selection) would’ve been going with Fardy but I think Pocock has got qualities that we want to use in this game.”
The match is the first of a five-Test series that will see Australia travel to a number of European destinations over the course of November and early December.
Wallabies Spring Tour Schedule
Wales vs Wallabies at Millennium Stadium, 6th November 1:30am AEDT
Scotland vs Wallabies at Murrayfield, 13th November, 1:30am AEDT
France vs Wallabies at Stade de France, 20th November, 7:00am AEDT
Ireland vs Wallabies at Aviva Stadium, 27th November, 4:30am AEDT
England vs Wallabies at Twickenham, 4th December, 1:30am AEDT