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Wallabies Pick Shipperley, Beale; Hernandez Returns for Pumas

Australia rugby selectors picked winger Dom Shipperley to make his Test debut against South Africa this weekend as the Wallabies seek to rebound from back-to-back losses against top-ranked New Zealand.

Shipperley, 21, replaces the injured Drew Mitchell in one of three back-line changes to the team that started the 22-0 loss to the All Blacks on Aug. 25. Kurtley Beale was recalled at full-back, with Adam Ashley-Cooper reverting to outside center in place of Rob Horne, who was omitted from the 22-man squad.

In the forwards, Radike Samo comes in at No. 8 for Scott Higganbotham, who drops down to the reserves bench. Samo, 36, was picked for his first start of the year as Australia seeks a record fifth straight victory over South Africa in four days at Perth’s Subiaco Oval.

Australia, which won its first southern hemisphere title in a decade last year, is bottom of the Rugby Championship standings with no points heading into the third of six rounds. The Springboks have six points, two behind leader New Zealand, which hosts tournament newcomer Argentina on Sept. 8.

The Pumas today named first-choice fly-half Juan Martin Hernandez in their starting lineup for the match in Wellington after the playmaker missed the 16-16 draw against South Africa in Mendoza. Flanker Juan Manuel Leguizamon returns at openside flanker in the only other change.

Argentina is being assisted in its preparations by former All Blacks coach Graham Henry, who is helping with the development of Argentine rugby.

New Zealand is scheduled to name its team in two days.

AUSTRALIA: Kurtley Beale, Dom Shipperley, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Berrick Barnes, Digby Ioane, Quade Cooper, Will Genia (captain), Radike Samo, Michael Hooper, Dave Dennis, Nathan Sharpe, Sitaleki Timani, Ben Alexander, Stephen Moore, Benn Robinson.

Reserves: Tatafu Polota-Nau, James Slipper, Scott Higginbotham, Liam Gill, Nick Phipps, Mike Harris, Anthony Fainga’a.

ARGENTINA: Martin Rodriguez, Gonzalo Camacho, Marcelo Bosch, Santiago Fernandez, Horacio Agulla, Juan Martin Hernandez, Nicolas Vergallo; Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (captain), Juan Manuel Leguizamon, Julio Farias Cabello, Patricio Albacete, Manuel Carizza, Juan Figallo, Eusebio Guinazu, Rodrigo Roncero.

Reserves: To be named Sept. 6.

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