Samu Kerevi named in Australia line-up for Test against Wales

Samu Kerevi (right) has played 22 Tests for Australia
Samu Kerevi (right) has played 22 Tests for Australia

Queensland Reds centre Samu Kerevi has been named in Australia line-up for the upcoming Test against Wales scheduled to be played on Saturday.

Kerevi recovered from a bicep injury that kept him out of the Rugby Championship and made a comeback from the bench during the third and final Bledisloe Cup clash against New Zealand in Japan.

The 25-year-old's return means Israel Folau shifts to the wing while Dane Haylett-Petty retains his place at fullback. Marika Koroibete drops out of the matchday 23 squad allowing Sefanaia Naivalu to move to number 11 slot.

Bernard Foley has been assigned the fly-half duty with Will Genia at scrum-half while Tolu Latu will make his second start for the Wallabies at number two slot.

Adam Coleman returns to take Rob Simmons' position at lock after making recovery from a groin injury while Jack Dempsey's comeback sees Ned Hanigan moving to the bench. Leicester Tigers bound Matt To’omua also returns for his first Test in the series and will provide impact from the bench.

Australia line-up: Dane Haylett-Petty, Israel Folau, Samu Kerevi, Kurtley Beale, Sefa Naivalu, Bernard Foley, Will Genia, David Pocock, Michael Hooper (c), Jack Dempsey, Adam Coleman, Izack Rodda, Allan Alaalatoa, Tolu Latu, Scott Sio

Replacements: Tatafu Polota-Nau, Sekope Kepu, Taniela Tupou, Rob Simmons, Ned Hanigan, Nick Phipps, Matt To’omua, Jack Maddocks


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