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Dunning included on Australia team to play SAfrica

Dunning included on Australia team to play SAfrica

Matt Dunning was included at tighthead prop Thursday in the Australian team to meet South Africa in their Tri-Nations match at King's Park Stadium.
Dunning replaces Al Baxter after the Wallabies lost 39-10 in their last Tri-Nations match against New Zealand, and is one of five changes announced by coach Robbie Deans.
In other changes, Rocky Elsom starts at blindside flank forcing Phil Waugh to the bench, Sam Cordingley is in at scrumhalf for Brett Sheehan, Daniel Vickerman comes into the second row for the out-of-favor Nathan Sharpe, and Drew Mitchell will start at fullback for the injured Adam Ashley-Cooper.
Australia won the last Tri-Nations encounter against South Africa 16-9 in Perth in July, while South Africa lost 19-0 to New Zealand last weekend, making victory in the tournament highly unlikely.
Dunning's inclusion will put him against South Africa's Tendai Mtawarira, who was one of the few Springboks to have a good game against New Zealand.
"In the last match we performed pretty well at scrum time but we know that holds no meaning for us here," Deans told a news conference. "The set pieces in general are going to be critical and I think there'll be parity there. A pretty even contest."
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Australia: Drew Mitchell; Peter Hynes, Stirling Mortlock, Berrick Barnes, Lote Tuqiri; Matt Giteau, Sam Cordingley; Wycliff Palu, George Smith, Rocky Elsom, Dan Vickerman, James Horwill, Matt Dunning, Stephen Moore, Benn Robinson. Replacements: Tatfu Polota Nau, Al Baxter, Hugh McMeniman, Phil Waugh, Brett Sheehan, Timana Tahu, Ryan Cross.


Updated : 2021-05-13 23:51 GMT+08:00