Veteran Holmes is set to become the oldest wallaby since WWII


Brisbane, Australia, September 30 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – September 30, 2021): Greg Holmes will become the Wallabies’ oldest player since World War II after being included on the bench for their clash against Argentina on Saturday, while Sean McMahon was another surprise call.

Flanker by trade, Holmes, 38, competed in the last of his 27 Tests in 2016.

Now with Western Force, he was brought into the camp by coach Dave Rennie to help out in Perth last month and has had such an impact he’s had another unexpected chance.

Full-back rower McMahon was also a shock inclusion on the bench, returning for the first time since facing Scotland in Edinburgh in 2017 before signing a lucrative contract in Japan with Suntory Sungoliath.

This decision excluded him from re-selection as an overseas-based player, but adjustments to the so-called ‘Giteau Law’ now allow Rennie to select two overseas-based players with less than 60. experience tests.

“Greg and Sean have both worked extremely hard on the pitch and around their details off the pitch and they’re both super excited to represent their country again on Saturday night,” said Rennie.

“We have felt really well supported during all of our tests in Australia this year and we are looking to end the Rugby Championship with a performance that the team and the country can be proud of.” Their inclusion is another revealing move from Rennie, who stunned the rugby world when he recalled playmaker Quade Cooper earlier in the tournament after four years in the wild.

It turned out to be an inspiration with Cooper making a triumphant return to the opening.

He will start again for their Gold Coast second leg against Argentina, who are in shock after six players were excluded from the clash for violating coronavirus health orders, including tight-headed pillar Santiago Medrano and the n ° 8 Pablo Matera.

Rennie made three changes to his squad, with Pete Samu winning for the first time this year.

He was named on the blind flank while Jordan Petaia will start on the right wing with Marika Koroibete who will have a week off to spend time with her newborn baby.

The only other change sees Darcy Swain move up to second starting row with Matt Philip moving to the bench.

Australia are aiming for four straight wins for the first time in the rugby championship, while Argentina are looking to avoid a sixth straight defeat.

Australia (15-1): Reece Hodge; Jordan Petaia, Len Ikitau, Samu Kerevi, Andrew Kellaway; Quade Cooper, Nic White; Rob Valetini, Michael Hooper (captain), Pete Samu; Darcy Swain, Izack Rodda; Taniela Tupou, Folau Fainga’a, James Slipper Replacements: Lachlan Lonergan, Angus Bell, Greg Holmes, Matt Philip, Sean McMahon, Jack Gordon, James O’Connor, Tom Wright


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