Powerhouse prop Taniela Tupou has been promoted to start out in the one change to the Wallabies staff for the second rugby Check towards France in Melbourne on Tuesday.
Tupou takes over from Allan Alaalatoa, who drops to the bench, with coach Dave Rennie selecting the identical game-day 23 for the primary time in consecutive Checks since taking cost final yr.
It is a large present of religion in a staff that struggled to scratch out a 23-21 win over the undermanned French within the first Check in Brisbane, as they now try to clinch the collection at AAMI Park.
Tupou had an enormous affect with each his scrummaging and ball-running after coming off the bench within the Suncorp Stadium conflict.
NSW skipper Jake Gordon retains the beginning halfback function regardless of sturdy stress from Queensland’s Tate McDermott who impressed and pulled off the match-turning play in Brisbane when he secured possession earlier than the Wallabies’ after-the-siren penalty aim.
Gordon continues his halves partnership with Brumbies teen Noha Lolesio, who confronted loads of decision-making stress from France’s dashing defence within the first Check.
“Taniela (Tupou) made an actual impression on each side of the ball when he got here on in at Suncorp Stadium and we’ll be searching for him to do the identical from the get go in Melbourne,” mentioned Rennie.
“We have labored laborious and we’re nicely conditioned. A scarcity of accuracy in Brisbane denied us the chance to benefit from that, however we confirmed loads of character to remain within the struggle till the ultimate whistle.
“We have to begin quick, be extra scientific and switch stress into factors at AAMI Park on Tuesday night time.”
Wallabies staff: Tom Banks, Tom Wright, Hunter Paisami, Matt Toomua, Marika Koroibete, Noah Lolesio, Jake Gordon, Harry Wilson, Michael Hooper (capt), Rob Valetini, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Matt Phillip, Taniela Tupou, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, James Slipper. Res: Lachlan Lonergan, Angus Bell, Allan Alaalatoa, Darcy Swain, Isi Naisarani, Tate McDermott, Len Ikitau, Andrew Kellaway.