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Wallabies vs Argentina, team news, Jed Holloway, Michael Cheika, Quade Cooper, video

Dave Rennie is set to step forward on Sunday (AEST) against Michael Cheka’s coach at Pumas after the Wallis lost Samu Kerevi for the year.

Most challenges will be lost up front, but with Mendoza up against a physical Los Pumas pack who will flood the forward line and set up a brick wall for the Wallabies to break down, Rennie will likely include six forwards from the bench and come inside. Only with two backs.

Indeed, if Renny were to opt for a further forward it would be a gamble given his side’s dire injury woes, but the Walleyes are bracing for a physical storm led by Pablo Matra.

If that happens, Wartahs forward Jed Holloway, who missed the England game with a calf injury, is expected to make his debut.

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Dave Rennie is expected to feature on a heavy bench for the opening Rugby Championship match against Argentina.  Photo: Getty Images
Dave Rennie is expected to feature on a heavy bench for the opening Rugby Championship match against Argentina. Photo: Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

Renny Quade replaces Cooper (calf) at fly-half and Jordan Petaya (concussion) on the wing and Tom Wright moves to fullback, while Jake Gordon and Reece Hodge are expected to cover most of the positions from the bench.

Rennie has struggled to come to terms with the Welshman’s series defeat in England at the SCG, his return to full fitness, Darcy Swain’s return from suspension and Rory Arnold’s call-up for the manager to consider.

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Waratahs forward Jed Holloway could be in line to make his debut for the Wallabies. Photo: Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

Nick Frost’s stellar performance in his debut only added to the selection headache.

But in Tests the Welshmen have allowed themselves to fall, with Rennie’s winning percentage down to 39 and Swain likely to join Matt Phillips in the second row as the Cup prepares to start in the Rugby Championship, forcing Frost out. Return to the bench. The Walleyes could bring back Arnold, who has been linked in Japan following the injury to Kadir Neville.

Holloway, who was expected to play in Perth until he injured his calf in training, is working hard for the call-up as Rennie needs more muscle and another line specialist.

His call-up is expected to see Rob Leotan selected with back-rower Pete Samu on the bench.

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Injuries to Angus Bell and Scott Sio could see Matt Gibbon come off the bench to make his debut.

Adan Paisami is expected to join Kerevi and midfield partner Lane Ekita, who has been given the chance to play the two Tests against Argentina at the Commonwealth Games.

In a statement to reporters on Wednesday, Ekitau said the team is taking it easy and not letting the spate of injuries affect them.

It was very frustrating for the boys who were injured, he said.

“But for us, it’s the next guy who kind of thinks and does your job.”

Wallabies center Lane Ekitau will have a big role to play in 2022 following Samu Kerevi’s injury. Photo: Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

While the fans will be eager for the matches to come at home later this month, the Colts will not be able to get past their streak of matches on Argentinian soil.

They will face a tail-up Argentina side that got off to a good start with Cheka replacing the long-serving right-hander in a 2-1 series win over Scotland.

Unsurprisingly, Argentina didn’t kick as well with Cheka in the coaching box.

The governors noticed the subtle change and prepared accordingly.

“We played them last year (and) won both games, but we know they are a different team,” Ekitau said.

“We’ve seen some footage of how they’re returning them. They won’t be as stomping as in recent years but we know they can be dangerous from all over the park.

The Whalers will name their squad to play Argentina on Friday morning AEST.

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