Giteau setback for Aussies

Injured centre replaced by Barnes

Last Updated: 11/06/10 7:04am

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Giteau: Injured

Giteau: Injured

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Australia have suffered a setback on the eve of their first Test clash with England after Matt Giteau was ruled out.

Giteau, who had been shifted into the centres for the match, has failed to overcome a hip injury so Berrick Barnes comes into the starting XV.

Barnes had started for the Australian Barbarians at fly-half for the 28-28 draw with England on Tuesday, however he will wear the No.12 shirt on Saturday.

With Barnes promoted from the replacements, the versatile Peter Hynes comes in on the bench.

James O'Connor, England's tormentor-in-chief in Perth on Tuesday after his 25-point haul, will take over the kicking duties.

The loss of Giteau is the latest setback for the Wallabies, who have been forced to name the most inexperienced Wallaby front row in 27 years due to injuries.

Benn Robinson, Ben Alexander, Stephen Moore and Tatafu Polota-Nau are all missing so Ben Daley, Saia Faingaa and Salesi Ma'afu - who boast just two caps between them - will combine.

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