5 Nov 2010

Deans sticks with tried and true for Wales test

5:47 am on 5 November 2010

The Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has kept faith with the side that beat New Zealand last weekend for Sunday morning's test against Wales at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

It was the first time the Wallabies have been able to duplicate their side in back-to-back tests since their final 2009 Tri-Nations match against the All Blacks.

Winger James O'Connor will take over the goalkicking duties after inside centre Matt Giteau decided this week to relinquish them.

It was O'Connor's last-minute try and conversion that gave Australia their 26-24 win over New Zealand last Saturday, ending a 10-match losing streak against the All Blacks.

Wallabies team:

15-Kurtley Beale, 14-James O'Connor, 13-Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12-Matt Giteau, 11-Drew Mitchell, 10-Quade Cooper, 9-Will Genia; 8-Ben McCalman, 7-David Pocock, 6-Rocky Elsom (captain), 5-Nathan Sharpe, 4-Mark Chisholm, 3-Ben Alexander, 2-Stephen Moore, 1-Benn Robinson

Replacements: 16-Saia Faingaa, 17-James Slipper, 18-Dean Mumm, 19-Richard Brown, 20-Luke Burgess, 21-Berrick Barnes, 22-Lachie Turner