Prev Game: International Match Sat 21st Jun

prev game - Australia
team 1 score team 2
Australia 39 - 13 France

Next Game: Rugby Championship Sat 16th Aug

next game - Australia
team 1 score team 2
Australia 11:05 New Zealand

George Smith set to replace Michael Hooper in Australia XV

Last Updated: 03/07/13 8:29am

  • Share:

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Australia are set to hand a sensational recall to George Smith for Saturday's decider against the British and Irish Lions in Sydney.

On the day when Brian O'Driscoll was axed from the Lions squad the Wallabies have turned to their sole survivor from the 2001 series.

According to Fox Sports the 33-year-old will get the nod ahead of Michael Hooper at openside when the side is officially announced on Thursday.

Having seen the Lions dominate the breakdown in the second Test in Melbourne, Australia coach Robbie Deans has turned to Smith - who last pulled on the gold and green jersey three years ago.

Smith's form on his return to the Brumbies - on loan from Japanese club Suntory - saw the experienced flanker move into contention for a recall.

However a knee injury ruled him out of the first Test, while he has now proved his fitness in training.

Hooper is set to drop to the bench, with Liam Gill missing out completely.

The only other change to the Australia squad is the inclusion among the replacements - with Deans set to include Ben McCalman ahead of Rob Horne.

That means Deans will gamble on a 6-2 forward heavy split on the bench in a bid to combat the Lions' power game up front.

Australia: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Israel Folau, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Joe Tomane, 10 James O'Connor, 9 Will Genia, 1 Benn Robinson, 2 Stephen Moore, 3 Ben Alexander, 4 James Horwill, 5 Kane Douglas, 6 Ben Mowen, 7 George Smith, 8 Wycliff Palu.
Replacements: 16 Saia Faingaa, 17 James Slippper, 18 Sekope Kepu, 19 Rob Simmons, 20 Ben McCalman, 21 Michael Hooper, 22 Nick Phipps, 23 Jesse Mogg

Watch the final Lions Test live only on Sky Sports. Click here to sign up or upgrade now.

  • Share:

Post Comment

*All fields required, your email address will be kept private

Related

Lions v Australia, third Test 2013

Warren Gatland has not closed the door on future Lions tours

Gatland open to Lions reprise

Warren Gatland has admitted he would consider leading the British and Irish Lions to New Zealand in 2017.

Vickery: Greatest modern Lions performance

Vickery: Greatest modern Lions performance

Phil Vickery thinks the British & Irish Lions series in Australia is one of the greatest modern performances he has seen.

O'Driscoll delighted with series win

O'Driscoll delighted with series win

Brian O'Driscoll is delighted to be part of a winning British and Irish Lions series team

Related Profiles

Most Popular

Features

World Cup squad

World Cup squad

We profile the 26 players who've made Gary Street's England Women's Rugby World Cup squad.

Willing and ready

Willing and ready

Will Greenwood is stepping up his preparations for what is bound to be a stamina-sapping climb of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Dream Team

Dream Team

Who have Michael Lynagh, Sean Fitzpatrick and Thinus Delport chosen as half-backs for our Super Rugby XV?