Aussies Change One For Final

Australia head coach Michael Cheika has announced his team for the Rugby World Cup 2015 final against New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday.  Scott Sio will return to the starting XV having overcome his injury that ruled him out of the Semi-Final, resuming his role in the number one jersey while James Slipper reverts to the bench.  The front row switch is the only change in the Wallabies’ starting XV following the 29-15 victory over Argentina last Sunday, as the Australians prepare for a record-equalling fourth Rugby World Cup Final.
 
The Wallabies will have one survivor from their last World Cup Final in 2003, with Matt Giteau lining up at inside centre. Giteau replaced current Australian assistant coach Stephen Larkham briefly in that final 12 years ago.  Saturday’s Rugby World Cup Final will be the first played between the Australians and New Zealanders, with the winner to become the first nation to win the tournament three times.  The Aussies took home the William Webb Ellis trophy defeating England in 1991 and France in 1999 and made a third final against England in 2003. 

Coach Cheika says nothing would change for his team heading into the decider:  ‘This week we’ve had a strong focus on improving certain areas in our game where we feel we haven’t been at our best in the previous matches.  We still have lots of scope to improve and we’ll work on that before this next match against New Zealand.  Our lads are learning to cherish each opportunity they have in the gold jersey and this week we have that opportunity again and we’ll be doing our best to make Australia proud of it’s rugby team.’

The Australia match day squad is as follows: 

1. Scott Sio (15 Tests)
2. Stephen Moore (c) (101 Tests)
3. Sekope Kepu (62 Tests)
4. Kane Douglas (23 Tests)
5. Rob Simmons (59 Tests)
6. Scott Fardy (29 Tests)
7. Michael Hooper (vc) (50 Tests)
8. David Pocock (54 Tests)
9. Will Genia (65 Tests)
10. Bernard Foley (26 Tests)
11. Drew Mitchell (69 Tests)
12. Matt Giteau (101 Tests)
13. Tevita Kuridrani (30 Tests)
14. Adam Ashley-Cooper (vc) (113 Tests)
15. Israel Folau (37 Tests)

Reserves

16. Tatafu Polota-Nau (60 Tests)
17. James Slipper (73 Tests)
18. Greg Holmes (23 Tests)
19. Dean Mumm (43 Tests)
20. Ben McCalman (46 Tests)
21. Nick Phipps (37 Tests)
22. Matt Toomua (30 Tests)
23. Kurtley Beale (59 Tests)
 
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