Deans opts for keen, physical pack

2010-09-02 00:00

COACH Robbie Deans has opted for a more physical, enthusiastic pack and made three changes among the forwards for Saturday’s Tri-Nations Test in Bloemfontein.

Deans has dropped hooker Saia Fainga’a, lock Dean Mumm and back-row forward Richard Brown for the Test while retaining the same back division.

Hooker Fainga’a is replaced by Stephen Moore, who will win his 50th cap.

The experienced Mark Chisholm, who last played for Australia against Ireland in June and has 51 Test caps, takes over from Mumm in the second row, while Ben McCalman, a lock when playing for the Force, takes over from number eight Brown.

“All three of the players coming into the pack will offer us energy,” Deans said yesterday. “They know what to expect in Bloem and — perhaps even more importantly — know what is required in order to be successful.”

McCalman will be playing his third Test and is an uncompromising, bruising player.

“Ben did a great job coming off the bench for us last weekend and we are expecting more of the same, this time from the start. Not only does he bring physicality, he also offers us an additional line-out option due to his extensive background playing as a six or in the second row.”

The Test kicks off at 5 pm.

AUSTRALIAN TEAM

15. Kurtley Beale, 14. James O’Connor, 13. Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12. Matt Giteau, 11. Drew Mitchell, 10. Quade Cooper, 9. Will Genia, 8. Ben McCalman, 7. David Pocock, 6. Rocky Elsom (captain), 5. Nathan Sharpe, 4. Mark Chisholm, 3. Salesi Ma’afu, 2. Stephen Moore, 1. Benn Robinson.

Substitutes: 16. Saia Fainga’a, 17. James Slipper, 18. Dean Mumm, 19. Richard Brown20. Luke Burgess, 21. Berrick Barnes, 22. Anthony Fainga’a.

Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)

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