Marika Koroibete set to return for Australia for Rugby Championship opener

Australia head coach Dave Rennie
Australia head coach Dave Rennie

Melbourne Rebels winger Marika Koroibete is set to be part of the second Bledisloe Cup game for Australia to be played at Eden Park on Saturday.

Koroibete along with forward Isi Naisarani and the uncapped Pone Fa'amausili were left out of the Bledisloe Cup opener against New Zealand after they breached the team protocols after involving in a late-night drinking session beyond the allotted bonding session time.

With the series on line after losing the opening game 18-33, Wallabies head coach Dave Rennie is likely to include his star winger in the starting line-up at the expense of Andrew Kellaway.

Speaking on Tuesday, lock Lukhan Salakaia-Loto welcomed Koroibete’s return.

"Guys like Marika and those other boys, they've worked hard over the past week and a bit. As a playing group, (we feel) they're good men who made poor decisions and we know that," said Salakaia-Loto.

"We've been building this culture for the best part of two years now under Dave and his guidance and we have no problem with telling each other off or poking each other in the chest.

"Marika works extremely hard and everyone knows that. I'm sure the fans know that at home, how hard he works, so you could only imagine how gutted he was.

"So for us as a playing group, we accept their apology."