Wallabies team named to play Wales in Autumn Nations Series

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has shown enormous faith in Ben Donaldson by naming the young five-eighth to start in Sunday’s season-ending Test against Wales in Cardiff.

Donaldson’s Wallabies debut turned to heartbreak in a historic loss to Italy this month, when he missed the conversion that would have won the match in Florence.

The Waratahs playmaker was only given five minutes off the bench against Italy but Rennie has preferred him at No.10 to Noah Lolesio at the Principality Stadium.

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Bernard Foley is unavailable after being released to his club commitments along with Will Skelton.

It is a makeshift team as the Wallabies continue to endure an unbelievable list of injuries.

Michael Hooper, Taniela Tupou, Rob Valetini, Hunter Paisami, Dave Porecki, Andrew Kellaway and Nic White were all ruled out following the loss to Ireland in Dublin.

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No.8 Langi Gleeson will join NSW teammate Donaldson in making his first start for Australia while Rebels prop Sam Talakai is in line for a debut at 31 years old after being named on the bench.

The versatile Reece Hodge will partner Len Ikitau in midfield.

Ikitau backed Rennie’s methods despite the Wallabies having won just four of their 13 Tests this year and dropping to eighth in the world rankings.

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“It’s more on the players there,” Ikitau said.

“Dave’s got an awesome system and the way he wants to play, and for us it’s going out there and executing it.

“I just don’t think we’ve been doing that the last couple of weeks, especially against Italy. It would be nice to finish off our last game with a win and go forward from there.”

WALLABIES (15-1): Tom Wright, Jordan Petaia, Len Ikitau, Reece Hodge, Mark Nawaqanitawase, Ben Donaldson, Jake Gordon, Langi Gleeson, Fraser McReight, Jed Holloway, Cadeyrn Neville, Nick Frost, Allan Alaalatoa, Folau Fainga’a, James Slipper (c)

Reserves: Lachlan Lonergan, Tom Robertson, Sam Talakai, Ned Hanigan, Pete Samu, Tate McDermott, Noah Lolesio, Jock Campbell

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