Allan Alaalatoa excited about challenge against South Africa

Eddie Jones will be naming the matchday squad on Thursday
Eddie Jones will be naming the matchday squad on Thursday

Australia prop Allan Alaalatoa is raring to take on the South Africa as the two teams lock horns with each other at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

The Wallabies have never won a game at Loftus Versfeld and has not played in South Africa since the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Alaalatoa, who has previous experience playing in South Africa, expressed his enthusiasm for embarking on a fresh journey under the guidance of Eddie Jones, who took over from Dave Rennie as the head coach earlier in the year.

The 29-year-old recently recovered from a calf injury that forced him to miss the Super Rugby Pacific semi-final for Brumbies but now he is fit and raring to go.

"I'm in a good place at the moment, I have been ticking all the boxes. I came into camp last week and did all the training. I will be ready to go on the weekend if selected," he said.

"At the time (missing the playoff) I had the mentality that I will do everything in my power to be available for that game. I just ticked all the boxes. But we got a lot of opinions from outside the Brumbies.

"We thought if I had to play more than 30 minutes, I would not be up to that yet. If the boys had gotten the dub (win), there was a high chance I would play the final.

"I came back from my injury a lot earlier than I was meant to, so that is a positive."