6 Nov 2009

Deans gets radical as Wallabies start Grand Slam tour

11:43 am on 6 November 2009

Robbie Deans has made the most radical selection change of his 25-Test reign as Wallabies coach, naming a brand new centre pairing for this weekend's test against England, the opening match of their Grand Slam tour.

Deans and his co-selectors have named the dynamic Digby Ioane at centre, with Quade Cooper inside him after starring in the Wallabies's 36-5 victory over Gloucester during the week.

Ioane and Cooper have teamed in the midfield for Queensland in the Super 14 this season, but never before at Test level.

Champion flanker George Smith is back in the starting lineup, swapping places with David Pocock after being relegated to the bench last week against the All Blacks.

The Wallabies skipper Rocky Elsom says losing to a depleted England side doesn't bear thinking about, with the Wallabies credibility on the line having lost six of their last 7 tests.