James Slipper returns for Australia for game against Fiji

James Slipper is set to make play in his fourth World Cup for Australia
James Slipper is set to make play in his fourth World Cup for Australia

Australia head coach Eddie Jones has made three changes to the starting line up for the upcoming Rugby World Cup game against Fiji to be played at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on Sunday.

James Slipper will make his first appearance on what will be his fourth World Cup as he becomes the third player to achieve the milestone after George Gregan and Adam Ashley-Cooper. Slipper will make his third start at tighthead prop replacing Taniela Tupou, who is sidelined with a hamstring problem.

Skipper Will Skelton has picked up a calf injury during a training session on Thursday but is still named in the starting XV with a final call on his fitness will be taken in due course of time.

The second change sees Nick Frost comes in at front row at the expense of Richie Arnold joining Skelton in second row while Nic White replaces Tate McDermott at scrum half with the latter suffering a concussion during the previous game against Georgia.

The bench also sees two additions with Jordan Uelese and Issak Fines-Leleiwasa coming into the matchday squad.

"Fiji is the most important match of our Rugby World Cup campaign," said Jones.

"It's another big opportunity for our young side to keep getting better and we'll be ready on Sunday."

Team line up:

Australia: 15 Ben Donaldson, 14 Mark Nawaqanitawase, 13 Jordan Petaia, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Carter Gordon, 9 Nic White, 8 Rob Valetini, 7 Fraser McReight, 6 Tom Hooper, 5 Will Skelton (c), 4 Nick Frost, 3 James Slipper, 2 David Porecki, 1 Angus Bell

Reserves: 16 Jordan Uelese, 17 Blake Schoupp, 18 Zane Nonggorr, 19 Richie Arnold, 20 Rob Leota, 21 Issak Fines-Leleiwasa, 22 Lalakai Foketi, 23 Suliasi Vunivalu