Australia axe Samu Kerevi for World Cup game against Portugal

James Slipper is set to become the most capped player for Australia at World Cups
James Slipper is set to become the most capped player for Australia at World Cups

Australia head coach Eddie Jones has named a new midfield combination for the upcoming World Cup game against Portugal to be played in Saint-Etienne on Sunday.

Izaia Perese will make his first start at outside centre with his Waratahs team-mate Lalakai Foketi named at inside centre. The duo come into the starting line up at the expense of Jordan Petaia and Samu Kerevi.

Ben Donaldson comes into the fly-half after playing at fullback in the previous game forming halfback partnership with Tate McDermott with Andrew Kellaway donning the number 15 jersey.

Mark Nawaqanitawase and Marika Koroibete are retained at wings but the spot light will be on James Slipper, who is set to make a Wallaby record of playing the most World Cup games surpassing George Gregan's mark of 20.

The second row sees a change with William Skelton replaced by Richie Arnold while Rob Valetini starts at number eight with Fraser McReight and Tom Hooker as flankers.

"This is an important game for this young team to attack from the first minute to the 80th. We need to empty the tank." Wallabies coach Eddie Jones said.

"We have a responsibility to put in a performance that makes supporters proud on Sunday, those that have travelled to France and at home in Australia."

Australia are at the third place in Pool C with a solitary win from three matches.

Australia: 15 Andrew Kellaway, 14 Mark Nawaqanitawase, 13 Izaia Perese, 12 Lalakai Foketi, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Ben Donaldson, 9 Tate McDermott, 8 Rob Valetini, 7 Fraser McReight, 6 Tom Hooper, 5 Richie Arnold, 4 Nick Frost, 3 James Slipper, 2 David Porecki (c), 1 Angus Bell

Reserves: 16 Matt Faessler, 17 Blake Schoupp, 18 Pone Fa’amausili, 19 Rob Leota, 20 Josh Kemeny, 21 Issak Fines-Leleiwasa, 22 Carter Gordon, 23 Suliasi Vunivalu