Jordan Petaia to start for Australia in World Cup quarter-final against England

Australia head coach Michael Cheika
Australia head coach Michael Cheika

Queensland Reds centre Jordan Petaia has been included in Australia's starting line-up for the World Cup quarter-final against England to be played in Oita on Saturday.

The 19-year-old played at wing during the game against Georgia but now has been shifted to outside centre with Reece Hodge returning at right-wing after serving a three-game ban. Kurtley Beale retains at fullback position after completing return to play protocols while Petaia will partner with Samu Kerevi.

The other changes see Christian Lealiifano returning at fly-half forming a half-back partnership with Will Genia while Michael Hooper returns to play his 99th Test for the Wallabies.

With Sekope Kepu dropping out of the matchday 23 squad, Allan Alaalatoa makes a comeback at tighthead prop as Australia will be aiming to end a six-game losing streak against England.

Australia starting XV: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Reece Hodge, 13 Jordan Petaia, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Will Genia, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 David Pocock, 5 Rory Arnold, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Tolu Latu, 1 Scott Sio

Reserves: 16 Jordan Uelese, 17 James Slipper, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Adam Coleman, 20 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 21 Nic White, 22 Matt To’omua, 23 James O’Connor


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