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Michael Cheika Planning To Unleash Monster 123 Kg Winger Against England

Australia v Wales - Group A: Rugby World Cup 2015

Michael Cheika is looking to beef up his backline.

After the extent of Kurtley Beale’s knee injury was revealed, thoughts immediately moved as to who would replace the centre in the Australian line up.

Although many Wallaby supporters would have expected to see Michael Cheika select a centre combination from a short list of players that includes, Matt Giteau, Tevita Kuridrani, Matt Toomua, Christian Lealiifano and Samu Kerevi, last week  The Daily Telegraph revealed that the Australian coach was considering selecting Israel Folau in midfield.

This raises the prospect of Australia fielding Folau and Kuridrani as their centre combination. With both players standing at 6ft 4in tall and weighing a combined 205 Kg, such a selection would certainly be imposing.

Not only that, but according to Fox Sports, Cheika is now toying with the idea of selecting 123 Kg 6 ft 4in winger, Taqele Naiyaravoro, against England.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 23:  Taqele Naiyaravoro of the Waratahs scores a try during the round 15 Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Crusaders at ANZ Stadium on May 23, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Although Naiyaravoro joined the Glasgow Warriors last summer on a three year deal, he will join the New South Wales Waratahs next season, after taking advantage of a clause in his contract allowing return to the Australian franchise.

Although the big winger was not part of the Wallabies World Cup squad, he made his Australian debut against the US Eagles in a pre tournament warm up game in September.

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