Wallabies coach springs surprise on All Blacks

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Samu Kerevi has been accelerated tracked backmost into the Wallabies starting lineup, providing Dave Rennie's struggling broadside with a overmuch needed changeable of firepower for their last clash against the All Blacks successful 2021.

The game-breaking centre hasn't played a Test since the 2019 Rugby World Cup aft moving to Japan to play his nine rugby.

But aft representing Australia successful sevens astatine the Tokyo Olympics, Rennie has rushed the erstwhile Reds skipper into action, replacing Matt To'omua astatine No.12.

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Samu Kerevi successful enactment during a Wallabies grooming league astatine Wesley Playing Fields. (Getty)

Lock Izack Rodda has besides been named connected the seat and volition deterioration Wallabies golden for the archetypal clip since the World Cup, returning to Australia pursuing a stint successful France.

But portion Kerevi and Rodda's selections were forecast by Rennie, helium has sprung a large astonishment astatine hooker.

Brumbies rake Folau Fainga'a has been named to commencement for his archetypal Test enactment of 2021, replacing the France-bound Brandon Paenga-Amosa.

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Folau Fainga'a celebrates astatine Suncorp Stadium successful 2020. (Getty)

Jordan Uelese had besides been utilized precocious by Rennie, portion the uncapped Feleti Kaitu'u was pressing his lawsuit aft recovering from injury.

But Rennie has alternatively reverted to the 26-year-old Brumbies hooker who is simply a regular try-scorer successful Super Rugby.

"It's large to beryllium capable to telephone connected the acquisition of Samu and Izack this play with Hunter (Paisami) and Lukhan (Salakaia-Loto) leaving the radical to beryllium with their partners successful what's a truly breathtaking clip of their lives," Rennie said.

Izack Rodda wins lineout shot against the All Blacks astatine Eden Park. (Getty)

"Both Samu and Izack person worked truly hard since joining the group, been affirmative additions and person earned their accidental to propulsion connected the golden jersey connected Sunday day astatine Optus Stadium.

"The past 3 weeks successful Perth person fixed america a accidental to bid hard connected the field, refresh disconnected it and link with the section community.

"We are excited astir the accidental to beryllium backmost connected location ungraded and enactment successful a show that each of our supporters tin beryllium arrogant of."

Len Ikitau of the Wallabies warms up arsenic James O'Connor watches connected astatine Suncorp Stadium. (Getty)

Kerevi volition harvester with Len Ikitau successful midfield arsenic Australia looks to repetition their stirring 47-26 triumph successful Perth successful 2019.

In-form Tate McDermott holds his starting spot astatine halfback up of Nic White portion Jordan Petaia is connected the seat to springiness the Wallabies immoderate precocious spark.

Loose guardant Pete Samu is different absorbing sanction among the reserves with the Brumbies antheral successful enactment for his archetypal Test enactment of the year.

Quade Cooper of the Wallabies looks connected from the seat astatine Eden Park. (Getty)

Quade Cooper has been overlooked again, with Noah Lolesio starting astatine five-eighth and Reece Hodge providing screen disconnected the bench.

With the recuperating James O'Connor acceptable to rejoin the Wallabies squad for the remainder of the Rugby Championship successful Queensland, it appears improbable Cooper volition get a accidental to adhd to his tally of 70 Tests.

No.8 Harry Wilson besides misses retired connected the match-day 23.

WALLABIES (15-1): Tom Banks, Andrew Kellaway, Len Ikitau, Samu Kerevi, Marika Koroibete, Noah Lolesio, Tate McDermott, Rob Valetini, Michael Hooper (c), Lachlan Swinton, Matt Philip, Darcy Swain, Allan Alaalatoa, Folau Fainga'a, James Slipper

Reserves: Lachlan Lonergan, Angus Bell, Taniela Tupou, Izack Rodda, Pete Samu, Nic White, Reece Hodge, Jordan Petaia

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