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Kuridrani in as Genia sits again

Brumbies centre Tevita Kuridrani will make his first start for Australia after coach Ewen McKenzie made six changes for this weekend's Rugby Championship clash with South Africa.

With star half-back Will Genia again on the bench, Kuridrani goes into a rejigged backline due to the suspension of James O'Connor.

The versatile Adam Ashley-Cooper moves to the wing with the giant Kuridrani coming in at outside centre, while Joe Tomane starts on the other flank for the injured Nick Cummins.

With the Wallabies admitting they were bullied by the Springboks when they met in Brisbane earlier this month, the inclusion of the 100kg-plus backs is a concerted ploy by McKenzie to bulk up his side.

Big lock and skipper James Horwill is back after shrugging off his hamstring injury, with Sitaleki Timani and experienced prop Benn Robinson added to the bench.

After putting in a solid effort in the 14-13 win over Argentina two weeks ago, Nic White retains the number nine jersey ahead of Genia for the clash at Newlands.

The Wallabies are currently third in the Rugby Championship but believe they can chase down the Springboks for second position.

Despite a historically poor record in South Africa, Australia have performed well there in recent years, claiming an impressive win in Bloemfontein in 2010 before beating the Springboks again in Durban a year later.

Wallabies side: Israel Folau, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Tevita Kuridrani, Christian Lealiifano, Joe Tomane, Quade Cooper, Nic White; Ben Mowen, Michael Hooper, Scott Fardy, James Horwill, Rob Simmons, Ben Alexander, Stephen Moore, James Slipper.

Reserves: Saia Faingaa, Benn Robinson, Sekope Kepu, Sitaleki Timani, Ben McCalman, Will Genia, Matt Toomua, Chris Faeuai-Sautia.

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