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3 rookies to start for Wallabies against Springboks

Michael Cheika believes it is the right time for Izack Rodda, Jack Dempsey and Marika Koroibete to show they are ready for international rugby.

FILE: Wallabies coach Michael Cheika. Picture: rugby.com.au

CAPE TOWN - Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has handed three rookies their first starts against the Springboks in Bloemfontein.

Raw-boned Queensland lock Izack Rodda Rodda, Jack Dempsey and Marika Koroibete are the fresh faces in the Wallaby side.

Rodda comes in ahead of Rob Simmons, Dempsey gets the nod ahead of Ned Hanigan and Koroibete - having made his debut against Argentina a fortnight ago - has been preferred to Henry Speight.

Cheika believes it is the right time for the three to show they are ready for international rugby. All have impressed off the bench in the first four matches of the Rugby Championship.

Wallabies team: Scott Sio, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Sekope Kepu, Izack Rodda, Adam Coleman, Jack Dempsey, Michael Hooper, Sean McMahon, Will Genia, Bernard Foley, Reece Hodge, Kurtley Beale, Tevita Kuridrani, Marika Koroibete, Israel Folau.

Bench (one to be omitted): Stephen Moore, Tom Robertson, Allan Alaalatoa, Rob Simmons, Lukhan Tui, Ned Hanigan, Nick Phipps, Samu Kerevi, Henry Speight.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)