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Tupou promoted as Dave Rennie makes five changes to Wallabies team for Argentina clash

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19th November, 2020
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Taniela Tupou has earnt a recall to Australia’s starting XV for the side’s crucial Tri Nations clash with Los Pumas this Saturday.

After playing a starring impact role off the bench in the Wallabies’ win over New Zealand, Tupou is one of three inclusions in the run-on team, alongside fellow prop Scott Sio and blindside flanker Ned Hanigan, while there are a further two changes on the bench. Allan Alaalatoa has moved to the reserves for Tupou.

After missing the Bledisloe 4 victory two weeks ago, Sio replaces his Brumbies teammate James Slipper after the veteran dislocated his elbow in his 100th Test, Dave Rennie resisting the temptation to give young tighthead Angus Bell a first start in Wallaby gold after his strong debut off the bench.

Hanigan has earnt a recall to the XV in place of the suspended Lachie Swinton, and provides the lone lock cover, with Rennie bringing Rob Valetini onto the bench for his second outing of the year as one of two back-row options amongst the reserves. Liam Wright, who played in the win in Brisbane, is the other.

The other change to the substitutes comes at scrumhalf, where Jake Gordon replaces Tate McDermott as Nic White’s backup.

The rest of the side is unchanged from the one which defeated the All Blacks in Brisbane. With James O’Connor still out with injury, Reece Hodge starts at flyhalf for the second game in a row, with Hunter Paisami and Jordan Petaia in midfield and Tom Wright and Marika Koroibete on the wings. Tom Banks is at fullback and Nic White at scrumhalf.

In the forwards, Brandon Paenga-Amosa is in the front row in between Tupou and Sio, with Rob Simmons lining up next to Matt Philip at lock once again. Captain Michael Hooper and number eight Harry Wilson complete the pack.

Wallabies team to face Argentina

1. Scott Sio
2. Brandon Paenga-Amosa
3. Taniela Tupou
4. Rob Simmons
5. Matt Philip
6. Ned Hanigan
7. Michael Hooper (c)
8. Harry Wilson
9 . Nic White
10. Reece Hodge
11. Marika Koroibete
12. Hunter Paisami
13. Jordan Petaia
14. Tom Wright
15. Tom Banks

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Bench
16. Folau Fainga’a
17. Angus Bell
18. Allan Alaalatoa
19. Rob Valetini
20. Liam Wright
21. Jake Gordon
22. Noah Lolesio
23. Filipo Daugunu