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Tatafu Polota-Nau to mark 50th test

Polota-Nau will mark his 50th Test for Australia on Saturday when they take on Argentina.

Qantas Wallabies’ hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau. Picture: Facebook.com

JOHANNESBURG - Wallabies' hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau will celebrate his milestone 50th Test for Australia during Saturday night's Rugby Championship clash against Argentina at Cbus Super Stadium on the Gold Coast.

Polota-Nau makes his long awaited return to the Wallabies line-up having fully recovered from an injury he sustained in the NSW Waratahs historic Super Rugby Final victory last month.

Qantas Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie congratulated Polota-Nau on the achievement.

"Tatafu has been a true servant to the game of Rugby in Australia for a long time and I couldn't be more pleased to see him earn his milestone 50th game for the Wallabies this week."

"I've known Tatafu for a long time and he is guy who puts his body on the line each and every week for the benefit of the team. He gives it his all every time he takes the field and is also an outstanding teammate off it.

His inclusion is one of three changes made to the starting XV for what is Australia's first match of a two-game series for The Puma Trophy against Argentina.

The two other changes see Western Force No.8 Ben McCalman and NSW Waratahs winger Peter Betham take the place of experienced and injured Qantas Wallabies duo Wycliff Palu and Adam Ashley-Cooper.

For a second straight week McKenzie has again opted for a forward-heavy 6-2 split on the bench.

THE SQUAD:

Forwards:

James Slipper, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Sekope Kepu, Sam Carter, Rob Simmons, Scott Fardy, Michael Hooper, Ben McCalman.

Backs:

Nick Phipps, Bernard Foley, Rob Horne, Matt Toomua, Tevita Kuridrani, Peter Betham, Israel Folau.

Reserves:

James Hanson, Pek Cowan, Ben Alexander, James Horwill, Scott Higginbotham, Matt Hodgson, Nic White, Kurtley Beale.