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Genia back for Wallabies

Scrum-half Will Genia will return to the starting line-up for Australia's final Rugby Championship fixture against Argentina in Rosario on Saturday.

The 25-year-old has replaced Nic White in the only change from the team that lost 28-8 to South Africa in Cape Town last week.

Genia, capped 48 times by his country, has spent the past two games on the bench but coach Ewan McKenzie feels that his experience can be a key factor for the trip to South America.

"Will is proven at this level," he said.

"We are faced with a very difficult game in a tough playing environment. As a result, we've gone for Will's experience to help us get going and manage the performance.

"We knew Will would respond to being on the bench and work hard to get his place back.

"He's been very open-minded and focused on the things which will make the biggest difference."

New South Wales Waratahs fly-half Bernard Foley could be in line to make his debut after being awarded a spot on the bench.

The playmaker has enjoyed a strong season in domestic rugby and McKenzie believes he has earned the right to be included in the matchday squad.

"He had a great year with the Waratahs and keeps on getting better and better," he said.

"Everyone here has been really impressed with how he goes about his business.

"He is a professional operator, a terrific player and has done everything he can to help the team."

Australia team to face Argentina: Israel Folau; Adam Ashley-Cooper, Tevita Kuridrani, Christian Lealiifano, Joe Tomane; Quade Cooper, Will Genia; Ben Mowen, Michael Hooper, Scott Fardy, James Horwill, Rob Simmons, Ben Alexander, Stephen Moore, James Slipper.

Replacements: Saia Faingaa, Benn Robinson, Sekope Kepu, Sitaleki Timani, Ben McCalman, Nic White, Matt Toomua, Bernard Foley.

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