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Fraser McReight will put on the Wallabies No.7 jersey for the primary time after captain Michael Hooper withdrew from the squad 24 hours earlier than their Rugby Championship opener towards Michael Cheika’s Los Pumas in Mendoza (5:10am AEST).

The 23-year-old has featured twice off the bench towards the All Blacks, however after Hooper withdrew for private causes, citing “mindset” struggles, McReight has been thrust into the prized place.

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He’s the eighth change to Dave Rennie’s line-up, which has been decimated by accidents over the previous two months.

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Fraser McReight will put on the No.7 jersey for the primary time after Michael Hooper withdrew for private causes. Photograph: Getty PicturesSupply: Getty Pictures

Rennie mentioned it was a “nice alternative” for McReight to indicate his value, having been pressured to bide his time behind Hooper.

“Yeah that’s wonderful thing about the Australian A program. He had three 80-minute performances, so conditioning clever it’s not a problem. They use the identical buildings as us,” Rennie mentioned.

“He’s been in our group prior to now and so he’ll slot in seamlessly. While it’s actually disappointing for Hoops, it’s an amazing alternative for Frazer.”

McReight has been one in every of Australia’s greatest performers in Tremendous Rugby and is a pure on-baller. However selectors have been involved by his self-discipline, believing his need to go after the ball can result in getting on the flawed facet of the referee.

His hyperlink play and fetching potential will supply the Wallabies some extent of distinction, because the 2019 Junior Wallabies captain, who led his facet to the ultimate of the under-20s World Cup, lastly will get the prospect to show his value.

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Dave Rennie has named James Slipper captain in Michael Hooper’s absence. Photograph: Getty PicturesSupply: Getty Pictures

Fortunately the Wallabies regain Quade Cooper at No.10, and his expertise and management can be important given the lack of Hooper (private causes), hooker Dave Poreck (concussion) and centre Samu Kerevi (Sevens/ACL).

“We’re excited to have Quade again,” Rennie mentioned.

“He’s simply obtained an amazing understanding of the sport. After we discuss little particulars round who we’re making an attempt to take a seat down and the way we’re making an attempt to create area for others. His potential to share that and convey that to the opposite gamers is superb, he’s more than pleased to take a seat down in entrance of a pc and share his data, and so it’s been nice for all our younger males.”

Rennie, by his personal admission, has taken a slight gamble by choosing a six forwards, two backs bench cut up, however mentioned the Wallabies have been bracing for a bodily assault towards Cheika’s Pumas.

“You could possibly at all times say it’s a little bit of a threat in that you simply lose a again early on, and also you’re beneath a bit of little bit of stress, however we simply felt that the battle up entrance goes to be actually essential,” he mentioned.

“They’re an excellent facet. They’ll be actually combative.

“We’ve obtained real guys who can change the sport on the bench as effectively and provides us go ahead, after which defensively give us large work charge.

“We tossed it (the bench configuration) round a good bit earlier than we dedicated to it.

“Jed (Holloway) had a big calf tear (in June), so we don’t see him going large minutes. So to have somebody like Robbie Leota on the bench and nonetheless Pete Samu offers us a little bit of flexibility there. And if we obtained beneath a bit of bit of warmth, ‘Pistol’s’ faster than most of our backs anyway, so we’ll slot him out broad.”

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Argentina’s Australian coach Michael Cheika will instantly coach towards the Wallabies for the primary time as a head coach. Photograph: AFPSupply: AFP

The Wallabies have misplaced 5 of their previous six Exams and are coming off a heartbreaking 2-1 collection defeat to Eddie Jones’ England.

In the meantime, Cheika led the Pumas to an exhilarating 2-1 collection win over Scotland within the Australian’s first collection in cost.

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Cheika, who spent two seasons working alongside Mario Ledesma earlier than taking up the reins earlier this yr, has named a robust, bodily pack, who’re working the ball greater than beforehand.

“It’s an excellent facet, most likely as robust as they’ll put out on the park,” Rennie mentioned.

“We’re definitely conscious of the enemy, we’ve had the boys doing a little bit of research to make sure we all know what’s coming. It’s an excellent facet who will take confidence from the collection win over Scotland.”

WALLABIES (15-1): Tom Wright, Jordan Petaia, Len Ikitau, Hunter Paisami, Marika Koroibete, Quade Cooper, Nic White, Rob Valetini, Fraser McReight, Jed Holloway, Matt Philip, Darcy Swain, Allan Alaalatoa, Folau Fainga’a, James Slipper (c)

Reserves: Lachlan Lonergan, Matt Gibbon, Taniela Tupou, Nick Frost, Rob Leota, Pete Samu, Jake Gordon, Reece Hodge

PUMAS (15-1): Juan Cruz Mallia, Santiago Cordero, Matias Orlando, Jeronimo de la Fuente, Emiliano Boffelli, Santiago Carreras, Tomas Cubelli, Pablo Matera, Marcos Kremer, Juan Martin Gonzalez, Tomas Lavanini, Matias Alemanno, Francisco Gomez Kodela, Julian Montoya (c), Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro

Reserves: Agustin Creevy, Thomas Gallo, Joel Sclavi, Santiago Grondona, Rodrigo Bruni, Lautaro Bazan Velez, Tomas Albornoz, Matias Moroni


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