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Michael Cheika Planning To Rush Star Centre Back From Injury Ahead Of Second Test

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 11: Wallabies coach Michael Cheika talks to players prior to the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at Suncorp Stadium on June 11, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Michael Cheika could be about to change the make up of his back line after defeat to England.

Despite undergoing surgery on his knee six weeks ago, Matt Toomua could be pressed into action against England next weekend.

The Brumbies centre injured his knee during his side’s defeat to the Highlanders earlier this season. Consequently few believed he would play a significant part in Australia’s three match test series with England.

However, given the manner in which the Wallabies lost on Saturday, Fox Sports have reported that Toomua has joined up with Cheika’s squad and could make a return to action next weekend.

As Toomua does not only act as a playmaker at inside centre, but an abrasive ball carrier, he could potentially give Australia an extra dimension in attack.

His ability to fix defenders could also see the Wallabies further expose space in the wider channels of England’s defence. Something the Australians did to some degree of success during the first test.

However, given that Toomua will just have returned to training, it is far more likely that he will start from the bench, with either Christian Lealiifano or Karmichael Hunt picked at inside centre.

Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena

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