September 22, 2017 / 3:57 AM / in a year

Rugby-Wallabies coach Cheika keeps faith in squad for tour

MELBOURNE, Sept 22 (Reuters) - Michael Cheika has kept the faith in the squad that produced a comfortable win over the Pumas, making only one change for the Wallabies’ tour of South Africa and Argentina.

Queensland Reds flanker Adam Korczyk drops from the 33-man squad that was in Canberra for the 45-20 victory last week, with Cheika naming no replacement for the games in Bloemfontein and Mendoza.

Three uncapped players, Lukhan Tui, Billy Meakes and Izaia Perese, will vie for a Wallabies debut over the next fortnight.

The squad departs for Johannesburg on Saturday as they aim to go one better against the Springboks following the 23-23 draw in Perth two weeks ago.

Australia last played in Bloemfontein in 2010, when they snatched a last-gasp 41-39 win thanks to a penalty kick after the siren from Kurtley Beale.

The Wallabies also won 34-9 on their last visit to Mendoza in July, 2015.

Cheika’s side have one win, a draw and two losses against the competition-leading All Blacks after four rounds of the competition.

The undefeated All Blacks can seal the tournament with a game to spare if they beat the Pumas in Buenos Aires next week.

Australia squad:

Forwards - Allan Alaalatoa, Rory Arnold, Adam Coleman, Jack Dempsey, Tetera Faulkner, Ned Hanigan, Michael Hooper (captain), Sekope Kepu, Sean McMahon, Stephen Moore, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Tom Robertson, Izack Rodda, Rob Simmons, Scott Sio, Lopeti Timani, Lukhan Tui, Jordan Uelese

Backs - Kurtley Beale, Israel Folau, Bernard Foley Will Genia, Reece Hodge, Samu Kerevi, Marika Koroibete, Tevita Kuridrani, Billy Meakes, Izaia Perese, Nick Phipps, Joe Powell, Curtis Rona, Henry Speight

Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Greg Stutchbury

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