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Toomua to make international debut for Wallabies

Toomua gets flyhalf nod by new coach and will make test debut for Wallabies vs All Blacks

Toomua to make international debut for Wallabies

SYDNEY (AP) -- Flyhalf Matt Toomua will make his debut for Australia while Quade Cooper was named on the bench for Saturday's opening Rugby Championship match against New Zealand.

Toomua, the only new test cap starting for Australia, was given the starting No. 10 assignment on Thursday by new Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie for the Bledisloe Cup encounter.

Cooper, who was coached by McKenzie at Queensland in Super Rugby, was not called up after being overlooked by former Australia coach Robbie Deans in the series against the British and Irish Lions.

Israel Folau will start his fourth test match on the wing, with James O'Connor and Jesse Mogg among 10 ACT Brumbies players in the team. Christian Lealiifano and Adam Ashley-Cooper are in the centers.

Updated : 2021-08-04 17:32 GMT+08:00