Rory Arnold won't get the chance to help the Wallabies take down Argentina. Picture: Darren England/AAP
Rory Arnold won't get the chance to help the Wallabies take down Argentina. Picture: Darren England/AAP

Cheika makes late change ahead of Pumas clash

RORY Arnold has been dropped from the Wallabies squad to play Argentina after coach Michael Cheika opted to bring a specialist backrower on to the bench.

The Wallabies used two reserve locks for last week's test against South Africa but decided to go with a more traditional bench against the Pumas and gave Rob Simmons the nod ahead of Arnold as the lock.

Caleb Timu was recalled to the squad, for the first time since June, as the back-up loose forward.

Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper said he expected Timu to have a big impact.

"We've been on the receiving end of some of his stuff of the bench in Super Rugby scheme of things this year and playing with him through some of the Tests earlier in the year, he packs a lot of punch defensively and in attack," Hooper said.

"Getting him to come on and really add that, particularly in the ball carrying through the middle of the field and the back end of the games, going to be one of his key roles to do it and something he can do really well."

Hooper is also expecting Kurtley Beale to have a blinder after being shifted back to inside centre.

Beale never really looked himself in the three matches he started at five-eighth but Hooper reckoned the switch back to inside centre would allow him to play his natural game.

"I'm excited for him, he's been a little bit frustrated with not being able to click and get things and being able to run in a try," Hooper said.

"Being at 12 takes the responsibility off him to create with a bit less time. Kurtley, once he sees and gets the picture and can digest that, he's as dangerous as they come.

"When he's got time, he just looks so natural with the ball."


1 Scott Sio, 2 Folau Faingaa, 3 Taniela Tupou, 4 Izack Rodda, 5 Adam Coleman, 6 Ned Hanigan, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 8 David Pocock, 9 Will Genia, 10 Bernard Foley, 11 Marika Koroibete, 12 Kurtley Beale, 13 Reece Hodge, 14 Israel Folau, 15 Dane Haylett-Petty.

 Reserves: 16 Tolu Latu, 17 Sekope Kepu, 18 Allan Alaalatoa, 19 Rob Simmons, 20 Caleb Timu, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Matt Toomua, 23 Tom Banks