Jack Dempsey in action for the Waratahs. Photo: REUTERS/Toru Hanai
Jack Dempsey in action for the Waratahs. Photo: REUTERS/Toru Hanai
Izack Rodda (centre) in action for the Queensland Reds. Photo: EPA/DAVE HUNT
Izack Rodda (centre) in action for the Queensland Reds. Photo: EPA/DAVE HUNT
Marika Koroibete in action for the Melbourne Rebels. Photo: Deryck Foster/BackpagePix
Marika Koroibete in action for the Melbourne Rebels. Photo: Deryck Foster/BackpagePix

MELBOURNE - Australia coach Michael Cheika has named three first-time starters in the team to face South Africa in Saturday's crucial Rugby Championship Test in Bloemfontein.

Izack Rodda, Jack Dempsey and Marika Koroibete will all earn their first Test caps, after Cheika named the trio in his starting line-up on Thursday.

Rodda replaces Rob Simmons, while Dempsey supplants Ned Hanigan and Koroibete has been preferred to Henry Speight.

Cheika has also named veteran hooker and former captaib Stephen Moore on the bench in place Jordan Uelese.

Australia are currently third on the Rugby Championship table with eight points, while the Springboks are second with 11 points.

Wallabies team: 15-Israel Folau, 14-Marika Koroibete, 13-Tevita Kuridrani, 12-Kurtley Beale, 11-Reece Hodge, 10-Bernard Foley, 9-Will Genia, 8-Sean McMahon, 7-Michael Hooper (captain), 6-Jack Dempsey, 5-Adam Coleman, 4-Izack Rodda, 3-Sekope Kepu, 2-Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1-Scott Sio. Replacements: 16-Stephen Moore, 17-Tom Robertson, 18-Allan Alaalatoa, 19-Rob Simmons, 20-Ned Hanigan, 21-Lukhan Tui, 22-Nick Phipps 23-Samu Kerevi, 24-Henry Speight

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