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Sunday 22 April 2018

Wallaby duo make return for Wales tie

Australia's Nick Cummins on his way to scoring his side's first try at the Aviva Stadium. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
Australia's Nick Cummins on his way to scoring his side's first try at the Aviva Stadium. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

CENTRE Adam Ashley-Cooper and wing Nick Cummins will return to the Australia team for tomorrow's clash against Wales at the Millennium Stadium.

Both players were among a group suspended by Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie for last weekend's appointment with Scotland following a late-night drinking session the previous week in Dublin.

Ashley-Cooper moves from the wing position he filled against Ireland, and Cummins replaces Chris Feauai-Sautia, with Christian Leali'ifano switching from outside to inside centre.

Wing Joe Tomane, who started against Scotland, retains his place in the number 14 shirt.

Experience

The Wallabies pack is unchanged for a third successive game, while fly-half Quade Cooper wins his 50th cap.

"We are treating this week a little bit like our Grand Final, so it's pleasing to bring in some big-game players with a lot of experience," McKenzie said.

"I think everyone will be extremely motivated by the circumstances of the game and the opportunity to play Wales in their backyard.

"For us to finish (the year) on a high would be good reward for a lot of the hard work being done.

"We are trying to be a consistent side which can come up with answers no matter what the circumstance or environment."

Australia team: I Folau (NSW Waratahs); J Tomane (ACT Brumbies), A Ashley-Cooper (NSW Waratahs), C Leali'ifano (ACT Brumbies), N Cummins (Western Force); Q Cooper (Queensland Reds), W Genia (Queensland Reds); J Slipper (Queensland Reds), S Moore (ACT Brumbies), S Kepu (NSW Waratahs), R Simmons (Queensland Reds), J Horwill (Queensland Reds), S Fardy (ACT Brumbies), M Hooper (NSW Waratahs), B Mowen (ACT Brumbies, capt).

WALES v AUSTRALIA, TOMORROW, BBC2, KO 5.0

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