Sport Marika Koroibete in line to make Wallabies debut, Stephen Moore snubbed

09:17  14 september  2017
09:17  14 september  2017 Source:   Brisbane Times

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- Marika Koroibete is set to make his Wallabies debut after being named in Australia's squad to face Argentina in the Rugby Championship. There was no recall for former captain Stephen Moore , who missed the Springboks Test after the birth of his third child.

Marika Koroibete is in line for his Test debut.© Stuart Walmsley/ARU Marika Koroibete is in line for his Test debut. Former Melbourne Storm winger Marika Koroibete is in line to make his Wallabies debut against Argentina in Canberra on Saturday.

It comes as former captain Stephen Moore was left out of Australia's matchday 23, with coach Michael Cheika opting instead for youngster Jordan Uelese to once again come off the bench.

Dane Haylett-Petty's biceps surgery last week has created a vacant Wallabies wing spot and it is Koroibete that will get his chance off the bench to cap a rapid transition from rugby league to the 15-man code.

Koroibete has played just 13 games of Super Rugby but has been involved in the Wallabies setup since last year's tour of Europe.

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Marika Koroibete could make his debut in June.Source:Getty Images. DESPITE the club’s diabolical 2017 Super Rugby season, five Melbourne Rebels players will feature for the Wallabies in Test matches against Fiji, Scotland US Open women’s final; Sloane Stephens demolishes Madison Ke

Now Koroibete is in line to become just the third player to make their Wallabies debut before Marika Koroibete has been included in the Wallabies squad without playing a Super Rugby match. He didn’t make his debut , with James Hanson preferred as back-up to Stephen Moore . LOSERS.

He replaces another former NRL star in Curtis Rona on the bench, while Henry Speight and Reece Hodge have retained their places as the team's starting wingers.

However, the biggest selection surprise was that of Moore, who has been snubbed for 20-year-old Uelese after the Melbourne Rebels hooker made his Test debut last week against South Africa in Perth. Uelese, who has played just 28 minutes of Super Rugby, was taunted as "fresh meat" by the Springboks pack when he ran on to replace Tatafu Polota-Nau.

The hooker brigade: Jordan Uelese, Stephen Moore and Tatafu Polota-Nau.© Stuart Walmsley/ARU Media The hooker brigade: Jordan Uelese, Stephen Moore and Tatafu Polota-Nau. Moore missed the Springboks fixture to be with his wife celebrating the birth of their third child and was expected to slot back into the team when he returned for Saturday's Test in the nation's capital.

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Former NRL star Marika Koroibete faces a big test in his Super Rugby debut . Rebels coach Tony McGahan has made three changes to his starting line -up, bringing in hooker James Hanson, centre Mitch Inman and Koroibete .

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On the back of two games that even Moore himself would not rate as his best, the 34-year-old has been left out of the matchday 23 with Polota-Nau and Uelese getting their chance to go toe-to-toe with an Argentina side that prides itself at scrum time.

Cheika has made just one change his starting XV, with Rob Simmons replacing Rory Arnold in the second row.

Simmons came off the bench against the Springboks and now that he is in the starting team, Izack Rodda, who made his debut in Dunedin, gets an opportunity off the pine.

Back-rower Sean McMahon has overcome a nasty cork to line-up at No.8 for the fourth Test in row.

Wallabies team to face Argentina in Canberra

1. Scott Sio (35 Tests)
2. Tatafu Polota-Nau (74 Tests)
3. Sekope Kepu (83 Tests)
4. Rob Simmons (74 Tests)
5. Adam Coleman (14 Tests)
6. Ned Hanigan (6 Tests)
7. Michael Hooper (c) (71 Tests)
8. Sean McMahon (18 Tests)
9. Will Genia (vc) (81 Tests)
10. Bernard Foley (vc) (48 Tests)
11. Reece Hodge (16 Tests)
12. Kurtley Beale (63 Tests)
13. Tevita Kuridrani (50 Tests)
14. Henry Speight (15 Tests)
15. Israel Folau (58 Tests)

Reserves
16. Jordan Uelese (1 Test)
17. Tom Robertson (12 Tests)
18. Allan Alaalatoa (15 Tests)
19. Izack Rodda (1 Test)
20. Jack Dempsey (2 Tests)
21. Nick Phipps (54 Tests)
22. Samu Kerevi (10 Tests)
23. Marika Koroibete (potential debut)

Wallabies confirm 32-man squad for Springboks, Argentina Tests .
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