24 Aug 2011

Deans rings the changes for Tri Nations decider

6:37 am on 24 August 2011

Australia coach Robbie Deans has recalled centre Anthony Fainga'a and forwards Dan Vickerman and Radike Samo for the Tri-Nations decider against New Zealand in Brisbane.

Lock Vickerman will join newly appointed Wallabies captain James Horwill, who will lead his country for the first time, in the second row with outside centre Fainga'a winning his seventh cap.

Fainga'a inclusion means Adam Ashley-Cooper switches to the wing to take over from James O'Connor, who was suspended after he missed the World Cup team announcement following a reported night out.

Australia will be looking for their first victory over the All Blacks in Brisbane for 19 years although the Bledisloe Cup is beyond them having lost to New Zealand 30-14 in Auckland earlier this month.

Australia and New Zealand both have nine points from their three matches after the All Blacks lost to South Africa on Saturday while the Wallabies beat the Springboks a fortnight ago to keep their chances of a first Tri-Nations title since 2001 alive.