The Walleyes will be forced to go to the dugout again, with defender Paisami expected to feature in the second Rugby Championship test against Michael Cheka’s Los Pumas in San Juan.
The center, who won a bonus point against the Walleyes in the final play of the game with a spectacular run-and-ditch win, is understood to have hit his head.
The injury will see another change in the back line, with Lalakai Foketi expected to be named in the number 12 shirt. Ire Simon, a late call-up to the squad and heading to Clermont following Argentina’s two-Test tour, is bracing for an impressive comeback from the bench.
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A change at center could see the Warriors opt for experienced skipper James O’Connor to fill the No.10 jersey following Quade Cooper’s disastrous season with injury.
If Dave Rennie is to turn to O’Connor, the challenge will be to see the 32-year-old, who lost some fans following a poor second half against England in Brisbane last month, be ruthless. It has been done and played away from his chosen position and the lack of time in the saddle.
Part of the thinking may have been that at Bledisloe III, 2020, Rennie was forced to pick the duo of Noah Lolesio and Simon at 10 and 12, and the All Blacks’ experience showed when they smashed the Welshmen at the Olympic Stadium. Rolling Lolesio, still growing as a player at 22, and Focetti, who is playing his second test, may lack experience and leadership.
Utility Reece Hodge, who stepped into the hot seat at number 10 in the second half, was confirmed and kicked the goals, but O’Connor or Lolesio confirmed he would not start on Wednesday as he suggested he would. Role.
“Rabs (O’Connor) has got his body really good and he’s been training well in the last month and really pushing for selection,” Hodge said.
“Heading into this weekend we’re confident that both him and Noah will be in good physical shape and both will train well. So whoever is leading us will have full confidence in the team.”
Meanwhile, Alan Alalato’s (personal reasons) return to Australia opens the door for Pone Famousili to make his debut off the bench.
The Rebels tighthead prop has been knocking on the door for a long time and is part of the Wallabies squad from 2020.
But stuck behind Alalatoa and Tanila Tupou, starting against Los Pumas and plagued by injuries, the giant wrecking ball was compared to the ‘Tongan Tor’ by Rennie before the series and he was forced to take his time and get himself back into shape.
Faamausili’s potential is huge, but this weekend’s test will be the moment of truth.
Elsewhere, Rennie could be swayed to return to Rory Arnold, one of Rennie’s international picks, who could start after being forced back into the squad following a minor injury.
The try has significant shape for the Wallabies.
If they pull it back, it will give them a real shake-up in the Rugby Championship.
The revamped format of the tournament, which includes tours for the first time, will give the Wallabies the luxury of playing three of their next four Tests at home, including the series against world champions the Springboks.
For the first time in years, the All Blacks are vulnerable and confident after losing three straight tries. A fourth straight defeat against the Springboks could force a change of coach, with Ian Foster on the chopping block.
Cheka’s Pumas will be out for revenge, but citing their second-half woes, where they were penalized for offside and broken on a rolling pitch, killed them.
Despite an inexperienced front row for the Walleyes, the Pumas have a chance to go after their opposition coming off the bench.