Wallabies

Paisami steps in for injured Kerevi as Wallabies unveil strong line-up

Kerevi failed to overcome an ankle injury to face the Brave Blossoms in Oita, with Paisami to play his first Test since August as he returns at inside centre.

Paisami is one of four changes to the starting XV with lock Matt Philip returning, his Rebels teammate Rob Leota recalled at blindside flanker and Tom Wright named on the wing in place of Marika Koroibete, who opted not to tour.

Brumbies hooker Connal McInerney is in line for a potential Test debut after being a surprise inclusion on the bench with Rennie admitting the rake role is wide open.

Cooper unsure of future

The experienced first-five was brought out of the international wilderness to play in the last four matches of the Rugby Championship, helping the Wallabies to two victories over world champions South Africa and two over Argentina.

Under World Rugby regulations, Cooper is eligible for release by his club for the November tests against Scotland, England and Wales, but Australia could not demand his services for Saturday's test against Japan.

Cooper remains uncertain if Test versus Japan is his last for 2021

Cooper is set to line up for the Oita Test on Saturday but may miss the remaining three Tests against Scotland, England and Wales.

The 33-year-old said a decision on his playing status was “above my pay grade” and he would support his club after it allowed him to join the Wallabies squad during the Rugby Championship. Cooper has played two seasons with the ambitious Liners, helping them back into Japan’s Top League competition for 2022.

Marika Koroibete ruled out of Wallabies’ spring tour

Koroibete did not play in the final test of The Rugby Championship, against Argentina, after being released to spend additional time with his family before the Wallabies’ tour of Japan and the UK.

But speaking to reporters on Sunday from Japan, Wallabies coach Dave Rennie revealed the superstar winger had played his last match for Australia - at least for the forseeable future.

Australia hold out hope of luring Harlequins wing

Harlequins winger Lynagh, 20, was included in England's training camp for the first time last month.

"We'll see how things go there... and whether there's any interest in him to come back to Australia," said Rennie.

"Not until he's capped," added Rennie when asked if he has lost hope of luring Lynagh to the green and gold.

Lynagh, who scored two decisive tries in Harlequins' Premiership final win in June, qualifies for England, where he has lived since he was four, Australia and Italy, where he was born.

Wallabies secure second in Rugby Championship

Kellaway's three tries took his season tally to eight, while Folau Fainga'a and Samu Kerevi also crossed to help the Wallabies rack up four successive wins for the first time in the southern hemisphere competition.

Replacement prop Thomas Gallo scored two consolation tries for the Argentines in the final quarter, but the Pumas will return home after a long and arduous tour without a win from their six matches in the championship.

The bonus-point victory ensured the Wallabies would finish second in the championship behind New Zealand.

Wallabies youngster eyes positional switch ahead of Los Pumas test

Workhorse Koroibete will miss the final round of the Rugby Championship on the Gold Coast on Saturday, as the Wallabies aim to secure their fourth successive win with another victory over Argentina.

Australia earned a 27-8 defeat over plucky Argentina in Townsville last Saturday, which came after two wins over world champions South Africa.

Koroibete has already flown home to Melbourne to spend time with his young family, which includes a newborn, before Australia’s squad departs in late October for its UK tour.

Wallabies rookie Len Ikitau signs Rugby Australia contract extension

Ikitau has committed to Australian rugby and the Brumbies until after the World Cup in 2023.

The 22-year-old, who made his test debut against France in July, scored a double in Australia’s memorable 30-17 win over South Africa in their Rugby Championship clash last weekend.

Brisbane-raised Ikitau joined the Brumbies before the 2019 Super Rugby season and says he’s delighted to share the news with his close mate Swain.

“I’m just happy that I have my future sorted for the next few years and I’m just looking forward to it and ripping in,” Ikitau said on Tuesday.

Wallabies climb rankings: 'We definitely weren't seventh or eighth'

The former Wallabies centre watched alongside nearly 40,000 fans at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday evening, marvelling as Australia again overpowered the Springboks in a 30-17 Rugby Championship win.

It backed up their 28-26 victory on the Gold Coast six days earlier and saw Wallabies jump two more spots to No.3 in the world after starting last week in seventh.

The back-to-back wins are the first for the side since 2019 and under new coach Dave Rennie, coming after a comprehensive trio of losses to New Zealand.

Australian backs shine in South African win

After upsetting South Africa 28-26 on the Gold Coast six days ago, with a Quade Cooper penalty after the siren, the Wallabies' running game shone in the Suncorp Stadium twilight as centre Len Ikitau and winger Marika Koroibete each scored a brace of tries.

Koroibete's second try put the Australians 13 points up with 12 minutes left and they defended brilliantly to turn over the ball in front of their posts twice to protect the lead to the finish.