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Australia & Wales name sides for crucial RWC test

The loser of the clash will face the Springboks in the quarter-final on 17 October.

FILE: Dan Biggar of Wales kicks a penalty during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool A match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium on 26 September, 2015 in London. Picture: Rugby World Cup Facebook page.

JOHANNESBURG - Australia and Wales have named their sides for Saturday's crucial Pool A encounter at Twickenham. While both teams have already qualified for the knock-outs, the loser of the clash will face the Springboks in the opening Quarter Final at the same venue on the 17th of October.

Wallaby coach Michael Cheika has made three changes to his starting XV.

Wallabies Rookie of the Year Sean McMahon replaces flanker Michael Hooper, who was hit with a one week suspension for executing a dangerous shoulder charge against England.

Elsewhere, Drew Mitchell replaces winger Rob Horne, who's suffering from a shoulder injury, while Dean Mumm takes over in the second row from Rob Simmons, who drops to the bench.

Wales coach Warren Gatland meanwhile has made a number of changes to his side, the biggest of which sees giant winger George North moved to centre in place of Tyler Morgan.

Gareth Anscombe starts at fullback while Liam Williams returns to the left wing. There are four in the pack, with flanker Justin Tipuric, lock Luke Charteris and props Paul James and Samson Lee all given starts.

Australia:

15 Israel Folau, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Giteau, 11 Drew Mitchell, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Will Genia, 8 David Pocock, 7 Sean McMahon, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Dean Mumm, 4 Kane Douglas, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Stephen Moore (capt), 1 Scott Sio

Replacements: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 James Slipper, 18 Greg Holmes, 19 Rob Simmons, 20 Ben McCalman, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Matt Toomua, 23 Kurtley Beale

Wales:

15 Gareth Anscombe, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 George North, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Liam Williams, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 Sam Warburton (capt), 5 Alun Wyn Jones, 4 Luke Charteris, 3 Samson Lee, 2 Scott Baldwin, 1 Paul James

Replacements: 16 Ken Owens, 17 Aaron Jarvis, 18 Tom Francis, 19 Jake Ball, 20 Ross Moriarty, 21 Lloyd Williams, 22 Rhys Priestland, 23 James Hook

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