Stephen Moore (right) and Scott Sio of the Wallabies.
Stephen Moore (right) and Scott Sio of the Wallabies. Cameron Spencer

Cheika rings the changes for Italy Test

STEPHEN Moore has been re-installed as Wallabies captain and starting hooker as part of a major overhaul by coach Michael Cheika.

Responding to a disappointing loss to Scotland in Sydney, the Australian coach made six changes in the starting XV to meet Italy on Saturday in Brisbane.

Moore was named for his first start of the year in the front row, replacing Tatafu Polota-Nau at hooker and resuming his captaincy duties from Michael Hooper.

Prop Scott Sio has replaced Tom Robertson and in the second row, Brumbies lock Rory Arnold will replace teammate Sam Carter.

Powerhouse Lopeti Timani will start at No.8.

In the backs, Rob Horne has replaced Tevita Kuridrani at outside centre and Melbourne flyer Sefa Naivalu will take the starting wing spot of Eto Nabuli.

It appears Kuridrani has been dropped after some passive ball carries in the Scotland game.

The bench will not be finalised until Friday.

Wallabies starting XV:

1. Scott Sio (31 Tests)

2. Stephen Moore (c) (119 Tests)

3. Allan Alaalatoa (11 Tests)

4. Rory Arnold (11 Tests)

5. Adam Coleman (11 Tests)

6. Ned Hanigan (2 Tests)

7. Michael Hooper (67 Tests)

8. Lopeti Timani (6 Tests)

9. Will Genia (77 Tests)

10. Bernard Foley (44 Tests)

11. Sefa Naivalu (6 Tests)

12. Karmichael Hunt (2 Tests)

13. Rob Horne (33 Tests)

14. Dane Haylett-Petty (16 Tests)

15. Israel Folau (54 Tests)

News Corp Australia


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