Rennie’s huge show of faith in heartbreak kid

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has proven monumental faith in Ben Donaldson by naming the younger five-eighth to begin in Sunday’s season-ending Test in opposition to Wales in Cardiff.

Donaldson’s Wallabies debut turned to heartbreak in a historic loss to Italy this month, when he missed the conversion that will have received the match in Florence.

The Waratahs playmaker was solely given 5 minutes off the bench in opposition to Italy however Rennie has most well-liked him at No.10 to Noah Lolesio on the Principality Stadium.

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Bernard Foley is unavailable after being launched to his membership commitments together with Will Skelton.

It is a makeshift crew because the Wallabies continue to endure an unbelievable list of injuries.

Michael Hooper, Taniela Tupou, Rob Valetini, Hunter Paisami, Dave Porecki, Andrew Kellaway and Nic White had been all dominated out following the loss to Ireland in Dublin.

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No.8 Langi Gleeson will be part of NSW teammate Donaldson in making his first begin for Australia whereas Rebels prop Sam Talakai is in line for a debut at 31 years previous after being named on the bench.

The versatile Reece Hodge will companion Len Ikitau in midfield.

Ikitau backed Rennie’s strategies regardless of the Wallabies having received simply 4 of their 13 Tests this yr and dropping to eighth in the world rankings.

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“It’s more on the players there,” Ikitau mentioned.

“Dave’s got an awesome system and the way he wants to play, and for us it’s going out there and executing it.

“I simply do not suppose we have been doing that the final couple of weeks, particularly in opposition to Italy. It could be good to complete off our final sport with a win and go ahead from there.”

WALLABIES (15-1): Tom Wright, Jordan Petaia, Len Ikitau, Reece Hodge, Mark Nawaqanitawase, Ben Donaldson, Jake Gordon, Langi Gleeson, Fraser McReight, Jed Holloway, Cadeyrn Neville, Nick Frost, Allan Alaalatoa, Folau Fainga’a, James Slipper (c)

Reserves: Lachlan Lonergan, Tom Robertson, Sam Talakai, Ned Hanigan, Pete Samu, Tate McDermott, Noah Lolesio, Jock Campbell

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