TOKYO – Australia coach Michael Cheika has changed his halfback pairing for Sunday's blockbuster Pool D clash of the Rugby World Cup against Wales, bringing Will Genia and Bernard Foley back into the side in place of Nic White and Christian Leali’ifano.
Scrumhalf White and flyhalf Leali’ifano came into the tournament as the incumbents after firing Australia to a thumping victory over New Zealand in Perth and both started the opening victory against Fiji last weekend.
Genia made a big difference when he came off the bench in Sapporo, while Leali’ifano took a battering from the Fijians as Australia came from behind to win.
In other backline changes, Kurtley Beale has been dropped to the bench with Dane Haylett-Petty coming in at fullback to face what is expected to be an aerial bombardment from the Six Nations champions at Tokyo Stadium.
Adam Ashley-Cooper replaced the banned Reece Hodge on the right wing and will win his 120th cap for his country in a match that is likely to decide which of the two countries tops the pool.