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Welcome to live coverage of the third round of the Rugby Championship between the Wallabies and the Springboks at Adelaide Oval. Departure: 3.30pm AEST

Time is running out for the Walleyes under Dave Rennie. The Wallabies coach has a poor win record (40%) and unless he is replaced against the Springboks, the heat will be on.

After a record defeat at San Juan by Michael Cheka’s Pumas and a home defeat against England, the Giants have lost six of their last eight heading into last year’s spring tour of the United Kingdom.

The New Zealand coach returned to Noah Lolesio at fly-half and recalled Reece Hodge at fullback with six changes to the starting side.

It’s a big match for both men, with the World Cup just 14 Tests away and the places open for promotion.

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Helping the Wallabies’ cause is the return of Folau Faingaa and Allan Alaalatoa in the front row, while Matt Phillips will play alongside Rory Arnold in the second row.

In the back line, Hunter Paysamy returns from inside shock while Tom Wright switches from fullback to wing to Hodge.

Hodge is expected to be peppered with springbok halves trying to squeeze you.

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The Governors  They are playing their first Test since 2004 at the Adelaide Oval.  Photo: Getty Images
The Governors They are playing their first Test since 2004 at the Adelaide Oval. Photo: Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

Five of the Springboks’ World Championship backline players feature in the running back side, with Faf de Klerk and Handre Pollard starting at half-back. Makazol Mapimpi plays on the wing, joined by the world’s best midfield combination of Damian de Allende and Lukhanyo M.

Rising star Damian Willemse is at fullback with Warrick Gallant.

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Aben Ezebet continues to be one of the best second rowers in the world. Photo: Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

Up front the Springboks have a world-class forward pack, with Cia Kolisi at openside flanker alongside two of the world’s best Duane Vermeulen and Pieter-Steph du Tout.

Hard Man Ebenezer starts in the second row and is partnered by Lord De Jager.

The Springboks have the power and “bomb squad” to come off the bench with Malcolm Marks and Steven Kitschoff among the best front-rowers in the world.

The Springboks haven’t won against the Wallabies on Australian shores since 2013 – a run of seven matches.

Wallis (15-1) Reese Hodge; Tom Wright, Len Ikitau, Hunter Paysamy, Marika Koroibete; Noah Lolesio, Nick White; Rob Valletini, Fraser McCreight; Jade Holloway, Matt Phillips, Rory Arnold; Alan Alaalatoa, Folau Faingaa, James Slipper (c)

Reservations David Porecki, Scott Sio, Tanila Tupu, Darcy Swain, Rob Liotta, Pete Samu, Tate McDermott, Andrew Kellaway.

Springboks (15-1): Damian Willemse, Warrick Gelant, Lukhanyo Am, Damian De Allende, Makazole Mapimpi, Handre Pollard, Faf De Klerk, Duane Vermeulen, Pieter-Steph Du Toit, Siya Kolisi (c), Lood de Jager, Eben Etzebeth, Frans Malherbe, Joseph Dweba , aux Cheche

Reservations Malcolm Marx, Steven Kitschoff, Vincent Koch, Franco Mostert, Quagga Smith, Jaden Hendricks, Elton Jantjies, Frans Stein.

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