Qantas Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has named Kurtley Beale at fly-half for Saturday night’s Test against South Africa at Suncorp Stadium with Matt Toomua to play inside centre.
In a further change to the backs, Israel Folau returns to the side at fullback after an ankle injury ruled out him out of the second Bledisloe Cup Test in Auckland.
Brumbies lock Rory Arnold will start in the second row for his first Test of 2018 while prop sensation Taniela Tupou has overcome a hamstring complaint to take his place on the bench.
Australia and South Africa couldn’t be split in the two encounters last year with a 23-all draw in Perth before playing out a 27-all draw in Bloemfontein, South Africa.
It’s been a happy hunting ground for the Wallabies at Suncorp Stadium recently though, with the Wallabies having won their last four games in Brisbane.
Brumbies lock Rory Arnold earns a recall to Wallaby starting XV.
1. Scott Sio (47 Tests)
2. Tatafu Polota-Nau (84 Tests)
3. Allan Alaalatoa (25 Tests)
4. Rory Arnold (15 Tests)
5. Adam Coleman (25 Tests)
6. Lukhan Tui (9 Tests)
7. Michael Hooper (c) (84 Tests)
8. David Pocock (71 Tests)
9. Will Genia (92 Tests)
10. Kurtley Beale (76 Tests)
11. Marika Koroibete (13 Tests)
12. Matt Toomua (35 Tests)
13. Reece Hodge (29 Tests)
14. Dane Haylett-Petty (23 Tests)
15. Israel Folau (66 Tests)
16. Folau Faingaa (1 Test)
17. Tom Robertson (23 Tests)
18. Taniela Tupou (4 Tests)
19. Izack Rodda (9 Tests)
20. Ned Hanigan (13 Tests)
21. Joe Powell (4 Tests)
22. Bernard Foley (60 Tests)
23. Jack Maddocks (2 Tests)
[Statistics provided by Opta]