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Deans hopes for refreshed Wallabies

Robbie Deans believes the introduction of three new faces to his Australia line-up will help reinvigorate the team ahead of their Tri-Nations meeting with South Africa in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

The Wallabies coach drafted in Stephen Moore, Mark Chisholm and Ben McCalman as the visitors continue to search for a winning formula after a run of three straight defeats.

Nathan Sharpe, an injury doubt after hurting his ankle during last week's 44-31 defeat by the world champions, has been passed fit, but Scott Higginbotham is out - the Queensland flanker injured his back in the warm-up ahead of that match in Pretoria.

Hooker Moore will win his 50th cap for Australia, along with winger Drew Mitchell.

Forwards Saia Faingaa, Dean Mumm and Richard Brown are the three players that drop to the bench, while the back-line remains unchanged.

"All three of the players coming into the pack will offer us energy," said Deans. "It's obviously a big night for Stephen, as well as for Drew, but Mark and Ben also have big opportunities ahead of them.

"Both Stephen and Mark have experience playing in games where the circumstances were not too dissimilar to what we will encounter on Saturday night.

"They know what to expect and - perhaps even more importantly - know what is required in order to be successful."

The Australians have not won a Test while playing at altitude in South Africa for almost 50 years - their last win came in 1963.


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