Wallabies coach Robbie Deans named James O’Connor as his preferred playmaker in a 25-man squad to face the British and Irish Lions, while leaving the selection door open for the omitted Quade Cooper and Kurtley Beale.
New Zealand beat Argentina 21-5 to lead the Rugby Championship at the halfway stage, as Australia rallied to defeat South Africa 26-19 for its first victory in the expanded southern hemisphere tournament.
New Zealand hooker Keven Mealamu will become the third All Black to play 100 Tests in this weekend’s Bledisloe Cup rugby finale against Australia, which had to make its second injury-enforced change for the match.
Australia recalled fly-half Quade Cooper and dropped full-back Kurtley Beale for this weekend’s Rugby Championship game against New Zealand, which made one change to the team that won the tournament opener.
Match officials wrongly prevented Australia from making a substitution in last week’s Rugby Championship defeat in South Africa, a decision that forced the Wallabies to finish the match with 14 players.