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Donaldson to start out in Wallabies closing Take a look at of 2022

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NSW Waratahs playmaker Ben Donaldson will begin at flyhalf for the primary time in Wallaby gold towards Wales in Cardiff on Saturday afternoon (native time).

With plenty of gamers unavailable following the three-point loss to world primary Eire, Dave Rennie and the choice group has made seven adjustments to the beginning XV.

Former Junior Wallaby, Donaldson will associate with membership captain Jake Gordon who begins at scrumhalf for the aspect’s closing Take a look at of 2022.

A brand new-look backrow sees Langi Gleeson additionally earn his first Take a look at begin at quantity eight rather than the injured Rob Valetini, whereas Fraser McReight is available in for Michael Hooper at openside flanker, with Jed Holloway rounding out the unfastened ahead trio at blindside flanker.

James Slipper will lead the aspect as loosehead prop in his 127th look for his nation, partnering with long-time Brumbies teammates Folau Fainga’a and Allan Alaalatoa within the entrance row.

The athletic Nick Frost might be trying to proceed his breakout debut season at worldwide stage, beginning at lock alongside workhorse Cadeyrn Neville for the fourth time this 12 months.

Melbourne Rebels stalwart Reece Hodge will once more showcase his unimaginable versatility, named at inside middle for the primary time within the Take a look at area since 2016, partnering with Len Ikitau who will once more put on the acquainted quantity 13 jersey within the midfield.

After a formidable efficiency off the bench in Dublin, Jordan Petaia earns a begin on the correct wing, linking with Tom Wright who is chosen at fullback, whereas Mark Nawaqanitawase completes the again three on the left edge.

Lachlan Lonergan has been named because the ending hooker with Pressure entrance rower Tom Robertson the substitute loosehead whereas Rebels journeyman Sam Talakai is in line to develop into Wallaby quantity 963 after being chosen for a possible debut off the pine because the tighthead cowl.

Coonamble-raised Ned Hanigan returns to the sport day squad with the versatile Pete Samu chosen to cowl the backrow, a task he has crammed with nice affect to this point in 2022.

Queensland captain Tate McDermott returns to the aspect to supply spark because the substitute scrumhalf, whereas Noah Lolesio would be the ending level guard. Jock Campbell rounds out the matchday 23 because the again three covers.

The Wallabies wish to win at Principality Stadium for the primary time since 2017.

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie mentioned: “Ben has had an ideal 12 months. He is been spectacular at coaching round his skillset and element and has earned his alternative to start out for his nation this week.”

It is an important day for Sam and his household. Over the previous 5 weeks he is impressed us together with his diligence and work ethic and he deserves the prospect to debut on Saturday.

“We’re properly conscious of a Wales aspect that might be trying to reply after final week however we’re equally as motivated to complete our season on a constructive word right here in Cardiff.”

Each Wallabies Take a look at from the 2022 Spring Tour might be ad-free, reside and on-demand with prolonged protection on Stan Sport.

Wallabies group to play Wales at Principality Stadium, Cardiff on Saturday 27 November, 3:15pm GMT/2:15am AEDT (Sunday)

  1. James Slipper (c) (126 Exams)
  2. Folau Fainga’a (37 Exams)
  3. Allan Wingwinga (63 Exams)
  4. Nick Frost (8 Exams)
  5. Cadeyrn Neville (7 Exams)
  6. Jed Holloway (9 Exams)
  7. Fraser McReight (9 Exams)
  8. Langi Gleeson (2 Exams)
  9. Jake Gordon (19 Exams)
  10. Ben Donaldson (1 Take a look at)
  11. Mark Nawaqanitawase (2 Exams)
  12. Reece Hodge (61 Exams)
  13. Len Ikitau (25 Exams)
  14. Jordan Petaia (24 Exams)
  15. Tom Wright (22 Exams)
    Replacements
  16. Lachlan Lonergan (7 Exams)
  17. Tom Robertson (30 Exams)
  18. Sam Talakai*
  19. Ned Hanigan (27 Exams)
  20. Pete Samu (32 Exams)
  21. Tate McDermott (20 Exams)
  22. Noah Lolesio (16 Exams)
  23. Jock Campbell (3 Exams)
    *denotes uncapped

2022 Spring Tour Fixtures

Wallabies 16 defeated Scotland 15, Sunday 30 October at BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh

Wallabies 29 defeated by France 30, Sunday 6 November at Stade de France, Paris

Wallabies 27 defeated by Italy 28, Saturday 12 November, at Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence

Wallabies 10 defeated by Eire 13, Saturday 19 November at Aviva Stadium, Dublin

Wallabies v Wales, Sunday 27 November, 2:15am AEDT at Principality Stadium, Cardiff

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