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Horwill returns for Australia to face South Africa


James Horwill is back in the Wallabies team

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Article Published: Thursday 26 September 2013


The Wallabies have named their team to play South Africa's Springboks in Cape Town this weekend with James Horwill returning to the starting line up.

Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie has stuck with Nic White at halfback keeping Will Genia on the replacements bench.

Adam Ashley-Cooper starts in place of suspended James O'Connor on the wing and Ashley-Cooper's place at outside centre is taken up by Tevita Kuridrani for his starting debut.

Israel Folau has been named at fullback as Jesse Mogg is out injured.

"James (Horwill) has plenty of experience and we are going into a tough environment. He plays the game hard so it's timely that he is back," McKenzie said.

"In our outside backs we've already been forced into change but Tomane on one wing is pretty straight forward. He is big and powerful and has been in the squad for a long time.

"The question after that is whether we wanted to bring an uncapped player onto the wing or go with Kuridrani, who has been training with the squad every week and has been used off the bench in two games.

"In the end we wanted to make things as smooth as possible while relying on as much experience as we can. We're going with guys who have been training with us consistently since the beginning of the tournament.

"Adam Ashley-Cooper also has great capacity to cover a number of positions and we're always going to use him in different roles. With his experience he knows what's required and the role is something he feels comfortable doing. It won't change the way he contributes.

"Benn Robinson also comes in, which if you look at it in its totality, means our bench is structured to give us plenty of impact later in the game. That's where we've been at our weakest so far.

"Bringing in experience later in the game can only lift your performance and at the same time they can stake a claim for a further opportunity in the starting team."

Wallabies

Israel Folau, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Tevita Kuridrani, Christian Lealiifano, Joe Tomane, Quade Cooper, Nic White, Ben Mowen, Michael Hooper, Scott Fardy, James Horwill (capt), Rob Simmons, Ben Alexander, Stephen Moore, James Slipper

Replacements : Saia Faingaa, Benn Robinson, Sekope Kepu, Sitaleki Timani, Ben McCalman, Will Genia, Matt Toomua.

 
 
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