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Cheika calls in Toomua, Skelton

  • Cheika calls in Toomua, Skelton

    INVERCARGILL, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 30: Matt Toomua of the Brumbies gets the ball away during the Super Rugby round ten match between the Highlanders and Brumbies at Rugby Park on April 30, 2016 in Invercargill, New Zealand. (Photo by Dianne Manson/Getty Images)

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has called in Will Skelton and Matt Toomua for their first appearances of the year as he rejigs his second row and centres for the final Test against England in Sydney on Saturday.

With the Wallabies facing the prospect of a 3-0 series whitewash, locks Sam Carter and Rory Arnold have made way for Rob Simmons, who returns after being dropped for the second Test, and Skelton, who has not played for Australia since being injured early in last year's World Cup.

Toomua replaces Samu Kerevi at inside centre as Cheika looks to add more playmaking and guile to his midfield for the Allianz Stadium Test after a lack of penetration in Melbourne last weekend.

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Wallabies team: Israel Folau, Dane Haylett-Petty, Tevita Kuridrani, Matt Toomua, Rob Horne (vc), Bernard Foley, Nick Phipps, Sean McMahon, Michael Hooper (vc), Scott Fardy, Rob Simmons, Will Skelton, Sekope Kepu, Stephen Moore (c), James Slipper.

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