Australia will face England in the first Test with its oldest debutant in 23 years.
On Saturday, 33-year-old lock Cadeyrn Neville will make his Wallabies debut.
Samu Kerevi, Marika Koroibete, and Quade Cooper will also debut.
When Cadeyrn Neville represents Australia in the opening Test against England on Saturday, he will make his 23-year-old Wallabies debut.
To play England on Saturday, the Wallabies have chosen their oldest debutant in the last 100 years. In the opening match of the hotly anticipated three-Test series, the 33-year-old Brumbies lock Cadeyrn Neville will pack down for his first cap as Australia looks to strengthen their forward power to counter the main strength of the visiting team.
The 120-kg Neville was initially chosen for an Australian team ten years ago, but up until this point, he has never really taken the field. He is the third-oldest Wallaby to make a debut since the Second World War and the oldest since Tiaan Strauss did it in 1999, but his contributions to the Brumbies in Super Rugby have won him a well-deserved call up.
Northern: Sam Cane of New Zealand, Jonathan Sexton of Ireland, Dan Biggar of Wales, Maro Itoji of England, Quade Cooper of the Wallabies, and Siya Kolisi of South Africa as captain.
Quade Cooper, Samu Kerevi, and Marika Koroibete, a trio from Japan, are also included in the starting XV for a match that has the potential to set the tone for the entire series.
Uncapped hooker Dave Porecki, who spent four years at London Irish, has received a call-up, although Taniela Tupou Flanker, a prop, is now sidelined with a calf injury. For the first time since helping the Wallabies win five straight Test matches in 2021, Nic White and Cooper will team up at halfback with Michael Hooper, who will serve as his country's captain for the 66th time. According to Australia's head coach Dave Rennie, "the entire group has prepared hard over the past fortnight for what's going to be a tough three-Test series against a very talented England side."
David, Cadeyrn, and their families are thrilled to see them receive their first caps because each man had a special road to take in order to fulfil his dream of donning the Wallabies shirt. The privilege of representing our nation is a powerful motivator, and we'll do everything in our power to provide a performance that will inspire pride in all Australians.
Since Eddie Jones became the red rose team's head coach, Australia has lost their previous eight Test matches against England, including a 3-0 series loss in 2016. However, they have just started to improve under Rennie, and they also have a respectable record in Perth. In eight Tests played in Western Australia since 2010, they have only lost once.
Banks, Kellaway, Ikitau, Kerevi, Koroibete; Cooper; White; Bell, Porecki, Alaalatoa, Swain, Neville, Leota, Hooper (captain); Valetini; are all Australian players. Fainga'a, Sio, Slipper, Philip, Gordon, Lolesio, and Petaia are the replacements.
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