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Five Queensland Reds named to take on Scotland at Murrayfield

Queensland playmaker James O’Connor has been named to return to the Wallabies starting side for the first time this season, with the Reds flyhalf running on in the number 10 jersey against Scotland at Murrayfield.

Four other Reds join O’Connor in the 23, with Jordan Petaia starting on the wing, Hunter Paisami in the midfield and Tate McDermott and Taniela Tupou providing firepower off the bench.

O’Connor will partner Nic White in the halves, the duo playing their first Tests in the United Kingdom since 2011 and 2014 respectively.

Injury to Reece Hodge, sees Andrew Kellaway earn his first Wallabies start in the fullback jersey, with wingers Tom Wright and Petaia in line for their first Spring Tour Tests.  

Up front, tighthead prop Allan Alaalatoa returns to the starting side alongside club teammates James Slipper and Folau Fainga’a in the front row. 

Captain Michael Hooper will lead the side out once more in Edinburgh as part of an unchanged loose forward trio, with the mobile Rob Leota at blindside flanker and damaging Rob Valetini at no.8.  

The midfield remains unchanged from the one that defeated Japan a fortnight ago, with Paisami and Len Ikitau at inside and outside centre respectively. 

Tupou will return to Murrayfield for the first time since making his International debut back in 2017 as the reserve tighthead, with latest Wallabies debutant Connal McInerney earning another opportunity alongside youngster Angus Bell as the replacement hooker and loosehead prop.

Will Skelton is joined by the versatile Pete Samu as the remaining forward cover. 

 Livewire McDermott will play his first Test in the Northern Hemisphere as the reserve scrumhalf with Beale set to provide cover for multiple positions across the backline.  

Waratahs back Izaia Perese is in line to become Wallaby number 948, named as a potential debutant in the number 23 jersey. 

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie said: “To be able to call on the experience and quality of players like Rory, Kurtley and Will is really valuable for our group.”

 “Those three guys have merged with the group seamlessly, worked hard on their detail this week and are super excited to earn another opportunity to represent their country. 

 "Izzy is someone who’s been on our radar for a little while now and has been impressive in training and deserves his chance. 

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with a number of players in the Scotland set up and we’ve prepared knowing how tough of a challenge it’s going to be at Murrayfield on Sunday.” 

 The Wallabies Spring Tour Tests will be ad-free, live and on-demand with extended coverage on Stan Sport. 

Wallabies team to play Scotland at BT Murrayfield, Scotland on Sunday 7 November, 2:15pm GMT/12:15am AEST

  1. James Slipper (111 Tests)

  2. Folau Fainga’a (22 Tests)

  3. Allan Alaalatoa (51 Tests)

  4. Rory Arnold (26 Tests)

  5. Izack Rodda (31 Tests)

  6. Rob Leota (3 Tests)

  7. Michael Hooper (c) (116 Tests)

  8. Rob Valetini (15 Tests)
  9. Nic White (44 Tests)
  10. James O’Connor (58 Tests)

  11. Jordan Petaia (15 Tests)

  12. Hunter Paisami (12 Tests)

  13. Len Ikitau (10 Tests)

  14. Tom Wright (7 Tests)

  15. Andrew Kellaway (10 Tests)
  16. Connal McInerney (1 Test)

  17. Angus Bell (13 Tests)

  18. Taniela Tupou (36 Tests)
  19. Will Skelton (18 Tests)

  20. Pete Samu (16 Tests)

  21. Tate McDermott (12 Tests)
  22. Kurtley Beale (92 Tests)

  23. Izaia Perese*

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