Rugby Championship: Scott Fardy promoted to Australia's starting XV

Last Updated: 24/08/13 8:23am

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Scott Fardy: Set to tackle the All Blacks

Scott Fardy: Set to tackle the All Blacks

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Australia coach Ewen McKenzie has made just one change to his line-up for Saturday's Rugby Championship rematch with New Zealand.

Brumbies forward Scott Fardy comes into the starting XV after Hugh McMeniman suffered a serious shoulder injury in the 47-29 loss to the All Blacks in Sydney.

Fardy's place on the bench is taken by Kane Douglas.

"You can't fudge experience and I know this group learned a great deal from last week and will be much better for the experience on Saturday night," said McKenzie.

"We made a decision to reward players that were in-form and who we believed were capable of executing what we are trying to achieve as a group. That doesn't change overnight or following one losing result.

"It's always important to be conscious of finding a balance between selecting experience against youth but the only way to develop that experience is by providing opportunities to players and hoping they take them.

"Right now, I'm more concerned with how each individual responds to the defeat. We need to fix aspects of our performance but we will get better the more time we spend together.

"However, in saying that, you only get a finite number of chances at Test level so it's important that you don't let the moment pass. That's been made very clear this week as has the expectation of the level of improvement we need from each player within the squad."

Australia: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Israel Folau, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Christian Leali'ifano, 11 James O'Connor, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Will Genia, 8 Ben Mowen, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 James Horwill (capt), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 James Slipper.
Replacements: 16 Saia Fainga'a, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Sekope Kepu, 19 Kane Douglas, 20 Liam Gill, 21 Nic White, 22 Quade Cooper, 23 Tevita Kuridrani.

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