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Latest World Cup Team News: Teenager Petaia To Make Australian Debut

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With a number of key games happening across the pools this week, we bring you all the team news from the Rugby World Cup.Β 

Michael Cheika has made 12 changes to the Australia starting XV who lost to Wales at the weekend with teenager Jordan Petaia set to make his debut on the left wing against Uruguay. He has been named alongside experienced backs in Dane Haylett-Petty and Kurtley Beale.

There are two players selected in the starting XV who were also selected in the starting XV four years ago when Australia last faced Uruguay at a Rugby World Cup. They are Matt To’omua and Kurtley Beale who both start in the same positions again on Saturday.

Michael Cheika

Christian Lealiifano replaces Bernard Foley at fly-half and is named alongside Nicholas White.

Australia team v Uruguay (Saturday, October 5, 6.15am): Kurtley Beale, Dane Haylett-Petty, Tevita Kuridrani, Matt To’omua, Jordan Petaia, Christian Lealiifano, Nicholas White; James Slipper, Folau Fainga’a, Allan Alaalatoa, Rob Simmons, Adam Coleman, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Michael Hooper (capt.), Jack Dempsey.


Captain Sergio Parisse will play his 15th Rugby World Cup match against South Africa on Friday, surpassing Alessandro Troncon and Martin Castrogiovanni to become Italy’s record all-time Rugby World Cup appearance maker.

Conor O’Shea has named 12 of the XV who started in their win over Canada in their second match. Tito Tebaldi, Sergio Parisse and Luca Morisi are the three new players in the line-up.

Sergio Parisse Italy Georgia

Italy’s front row (Lovotti, Bigi and Ferrari) will be the joint-most used front-row for Italy since the last World Cup. This line-up has started nine times since 2016.

A win against the Springboks on Friday would see Italy into their first-ever quarter-final at the Rugby World Cup.

Italy team v South Africa (Friday, October 4, 10.45am): Matteo Minozzi, Tommaso Benvenuti, Luca Morisi, Jayden Hayward, Michele Campagnaro, Tommaso Allan, Tito Tebaldi; Andrea Lovotti, Luca Bigi, Simone Ferrari, David Sisi, Dean Budd, Braam Steyn, Jake Polledri, Sergio Parisse (capt.).


South Africa have made 10 changes to the starting XV that defeated Namibia at the weekend.

Tendai Mtawarira, Makazole Mapimpi, Bongi Mbonambi, Lood de Jager and Lukhanyo Am return to the starting XV, with Mapimpi and Am the only two to make their third start at RWC 2019.

Siya Kolisi will captain the Springboks for the 16th time, taking over from Schalk Brits, who captained the team against Namibia.

South Africa team v Italy: Willie Le Roux, Cheslin Kolbe, Lukhanyo Am, Damian de Allende, Makazole Mapimpi, Handre Pollard, Faf de Klerk; Tendai Mtawarira, Mbongeni Mbonambi, Frans Malherbe, Eben Etzebeth, Lood de Jager, Siya Kolisi (capt.), Pieter-Steph du Toit, Duane Vermeulen.


Georgia team v Fiji (Thursday, October 3, 6.15am):


Fiji team v Georgia:Β 


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Author: Marisa Kennedy

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