Australia v Wales, Melbourne
Wallabies keep the faith in same XV
June 12, 2012
Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has named an unchanged line up for the second Test against Wales in Melbourne on Saturday.
Australia took the first Test 27-19 and have kept the faith in the same XV but Deans faces an anxious wait over the fitness of one of his props. Tight-head Sekope Kepu strained a tendon in his forearm on Saturday but coach Robbie Deans is optimistic.
"We are hopeful that Keps will be good to go, but we do have a contingency plan in place if we need it," Deans said. "There are five props in the group we have with us in Melbourne so we saw no need in bringing anyone extra in."
Wales are also facing some injury worries of their own with question marks surrounding the fitness of George North and Scott Williams who sustained a dead leg and facial injuries respectively against Australia. The pair both hope to train on Thursday.
A Ashley-Cooper; C Vuna, R Horne, P McCabe, D Ioane; B Barnes, W Genia; B Robinson, T Polata Nau, S Kepu, R Simmons, N Sharpe, S Higginbotham, D Pocock (captain), W Palu
Replacements: S Moore, B Alexander, D Dennis, M Hooper, N White, A Faingaa, M Harris
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