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Polota-Nau out of Wallabies Test

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Tatafu Polota-Nau has been ruled out of the Australia line-up for Saturday’s Test against South Africa.

The Leicester Tigers hooker, who has 86 caps, was named in the starting team this week but has withdrawn with a hamstring injury.

Rugby Australia say Polota-Nau had been "managed" through training in Port Elizabeth this week but a decision on facing the Springboks was taken after a fitness test on Friday.

Folau Faingaa will instead come into the team for his first Test start, with Brandon Paenga-Amosa coming on to the bench.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika includes Tigers centre Matt Toomua in midfield for his 38th Test appearance.

Australia (v South Africa)

15 Dane Haylett-Petty (25 Tests)

14 Israel Folau (67 Tests)

13 Reece Hodge (31 Tests)

12 Matt Toomua (37 Tests)

11 Marika Koroibete (15 Tests)

10 Kurtley Beale (78 Tests)

9 Will Genia (94 Tests)

1 Scott Sio (49 Tests)

2 Folau Faingaa (3 Tests)

3 Taniela Tupou (6 Tests)

4 Izack Rodda (11 Tests)

5 Adam Coleman (26 Tests)

6 Ned Hanigan (15 Tests)

7 Michael Hooper (85 Tests) (c)

8 David Pocock (73 Tests)


16 Brandon Paenga-Amosa (3 Tests)

17 Sekope Kepu (97 Tests)

18 Allan Alaalatoa (27 Tests)

19 Rory Arnold (17 Tests)

20 Rob Simmons (88 Tests)

21 Nick Phipps (67 Tests)

22 Bernard Foley (62 Tests)

23 Jack Maddocks (4 Tests)