Four Rebels named in Wallabies side for Sydney

Thu, 9/1/2022, 5:35 AM
Rebels Media
by Rebels Media

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has confirmed an unchanged starting side for the second Test against the Springboks in Sydney.

It is the first time he does so as head coach, last done by Michael Cheika in the first two games of 2018 series against Ireland, 47 Tests ago.

Winger Marika Koroibete is the lone player left from that Test, partnering Tom Wright and Reece Hodge in the back three. 

Hodge was one of his side’s best last weekend, and looms as another key figure as the Wallabies look to extend their unbeaten streak against the world champions in Australia to nine games.

Hodge will be joined in the Match Day 23 by Rebels' teammates Matt Philip, Rob Leota and Andrew Kellaway.

“It's great to be able to have some consistency in selection with the team that played last week earning the right to wear the jersey again in Sydney," Rennie said in a statement.

"While rapt with last week's effort, we’re well aware of the challenge a wounded Springbok poses and the intensity we will require again on Saturday night.”

The only change to the 23 comes on the bench with Jake Gordon coming into the side for Tate McDermott.

Rennie has retained the 6-2 split, with the Waratahs skipper joining Andrew Kellaway on the bench as the two back reserves.

The clash will be the first International event held at the brand new, state-of-the-art venue in front of a capacity 42,500 crowd.

"We're excited by the opportunity to play in front of a sold out crowd in the first International event at the new Allianz Stadium," Rennie added.