Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Alexander returns for Wallabies

Ben Alexander

Ben Alexander will pull on an Australia jersey for the first time in almost five months after the prop was named in the starting XV to face New Zealand in the Bledisloe Cup game at Hong Kong Stadium.

Alexander injured his knee in the 49-3 win over Fiji in June and subsequently underwent an operation that ruled him out of the Tri Nations, but he lines up at tighthead for Saturday's encounter.

Alexander is one of two changes to the side that were edged out 23-22 by their bitter rivals in Sydney last month as Drew Mitchell has recovered from a hamstring strain and comes in on the wing.

Australia team to face New Zealand at Hong Kong Stadium on October 30:

Kurtley Beale (NSW Waratahs); James O'Connor (Western Force), Adam Ashley-Cooper (Brumbies), Matt Giteau (Brumbies), Drew Mitchell (NSW Waratahs); Quade Cooper (Queensland Reds), Will Genia (Queensland Reds); Benn Robinson (NSW Waratahs), Stephen Moore (Brumbies), Ben Alexander (Brumbies), Mark Chisholm (Brumbies), Nathan Sharpe (Western Force), Rocky Elsom (Captain, Brumbies), David Pocock (Western Force), Ben McCalman (Western Force).

Replacements: Saia Faingaa (Queensland Reds), James Slipper (Queensland Reds), Dean Mumm (NSW Waratahs), Richard Brown (Western Force), Luke Burgess (NSW Waratahs), Berrick Barnes (NSW Waratahs), Lachie Turner (NSW Waratahs).

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