Enever to make Wallabies debut after Coleman pulls out
Nov. 17, 2017
LONDON (AP) — Blake Enever will make his debut for Australia in the rugby test against England on Saturday after fellow lock Adam Coleman failed a fitness test on a thumb injury.
Coleman's involvement in training was limited this week after he was injured in the Wallabies' 29-21 win over Wales last weekend. He was withdrawn from the team on Friday before Australia's captain's run at Twickenham.
The most obvious understudy for Coleman, Lukhan Tui, is sidelined by a hamstring injury and Enever has leapfrogged Matt Philip to get into the side.
With No. 8 Lopeti Timani retained on the bench, winger Henry Speight has dropped out of the matchday 23.
Australia: Kurtley Beale, Marika Koroibete, Tevita Kuridrani, Samu Kerevi, Reece Hodge, Bernard Foley, Will Genia; Sean McMahon, Michael Hooper (captain), Ned Hanigan, Blake Enever, Rob Simmons, Sekope Kepu, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Scott Sio. Reserves: Stephen Moore, Tom Robertson, Allan Alaalatoa, Matt Philip, Ben McCalman, Lopeti Timani, Nick Phipps, Karmichael Hunt.