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Sean McMahon to replace David Pocock in one of four Australia changes

Published 15/06/2016

Michael Cheika has opted for Sean McMahon, pictured, to fill the void at number eight
Michael Cheika has opted for Sean McMahon, pictured, to fill the void at number eight

Sean McMahon will replace David Pocock as one of four changes made by Australia for Saturday's second Test against England at AAMI Park.

Pocock has been ruled out for the remainder of the series with a fractured eye socket sustained in the 39-28 defeat in Brisbane and head coach Michael Cheika has opted for McMahon to fill the void at number eight.

Australia have strengthened their front row by picking props Sekope Kepu and James Slipper ahead of Scott Sio and Greg Holmes. Sio is dropped from the 23 altogether following his poor performance in Brisbane.

Lock Rob Simmons has failed to overcome a back injury so Sam Carter will join Rory Arnold in the second row.

New-look centre partnership Samu Kerevi and Tevita Kuridrani have been retained in with Christian Leali'ifano named on an extended bench that will be reduced by three later in the week.

"Based on last weekend's performance, we decided that we wanted some new combinations for Saturday's game," Cheika said.

"Sean never takes a backwards step while James and Sekope add plenty of Test match experience."

Australia team to face England in second Test at AAMI Park on Saturday, June 18, 11:05:

I Folau (Waratahs); D Haylett-Petty (Western Force), T Kuridrani (Brumbies), S Kerevi (Reds), R Horne (Waratahs); B Foley (Waratahs), N Phipps (Waratahs);

J Slipper (Reds), S Moore (Brumbies, capt), S Kepu (Waratahs), R Arnold (Brumbies), S Carter (Brumbies), S Fardy (Brumbies), M Hooper (Waratahs), S McMahon (Rebels).

Replacements: T Polota-Nau (Waratahs), T Smith (Rebels), G Holmes (Reds), J Horwill (Harlequins), D Mumm (Waratahs), W Palu (Waratahs), B McCalman (Force) L Gill (Reds), N Frisby (Reds) C Leali'ifano (Brumbies), L Morahan (Force).

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