Polota-Nau makes Wallabies return

Tatafu Polota-Nau returns from injury in one of three changes to the Wallabies side to face Argentina on the Gold Coast.

Polota-Nau missed the opening three matches of the Rugby Championship with a knee injury, sustained while playing for the Waratahs in the Super Rugby final. He will replace James Hanson in the front row, with the Reds hooker dropping to the bench.

The two other changes are injury-enforced, with Ben McCalman packing down at the back of the scrum in place of Wycliff Palu (concussion) and Peter Betham coming in for Adam Ashley-Cooper (neck) on the wing.

Coach Ewen Mckenzie has stuck with the Waratahs halfback combination of Nick Phipps and Bernard Foley, while Kurtley Beale remains on the bench despite a game-changing cameo against the Springboks.

Wallabies – 15 Israel Folau, 14 Peter Betham, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Sam Carter, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 James Slipper.
Subs: 16 James Hanson, 17 Pek Cowan, 18 Ben Alexander, 19 James Horwill, 20 Scott Higginbotham, 21 Matt Hodgson, 22 Nic White, 23 Kurtley Beale.

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