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Wallaby Carter Gordon set to start against the All Blacks – report

By Finn Morton
(Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Playmaker Carter Gordon is set to start against the All Blacks on Saturday night, with the 22-year-old beating veteran Quade Cooper in the race for the No. 10 jersey.

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According to The Roar’s Christy Doran, coach Eddie Jones has put his faith in the two-Test Wallaby ahead of the Bledisloe Cup opener at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Looking to turn he Wallabies’ fortunes around after back-to-back defeats, Jones has reportedly made a series of bold selection calls – including a new-look halves duo.

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Doran understands that Gordon will start alongside halfback Tate McDermott. This selection, if true, completes an incredible turnaround for McDermott ahead of the upcoming World Cup.

McDermott was a shock omission from Jones’ first Wallabies squad in April, but an impressive second half to the Super Rugby Pacific season saw the 24-year-old recalled later in the year.

Now, ahead of the Wallabies’ second and final Test on Australian soil before the World Cup, the Queenslander will look to spearhead the attack alongside young gun Gordon.

In front of what’s expected to be around 80,000 fans at the famous MCG, it doesn’t get much bigger.

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Doran also revealed that Andrew Kellaway is in line to start at fullback, with Jordan Petaia set to partner Samu Kerevi in the midfield. Waratahs centre Izaia Perese may also make an appearance off the pine.

Co-captain James Slipper may be replaced by Angus Bell, and inspirational leader Michael Hooper is “unlikely” to feature due to a niggly calf injury.

That means the Wallabies, at least in their starting side, could be without both of their regular captains. Michael Hooper could potentially be replaced by Tom Hooper – no relation – rather than Fraser McReight.

The Wallabies will officially reveal their side to take on the All Blacks on Thursday.

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CO 355 days ago

Geez, giving Carter a starters game against a white hot Allblacks side is a big call

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Isikeli 355 days ago

No way QC needs this game and the experience and his threat.

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William 1 hours ago
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Correct analysis of Perofeta’s bungling of the try opportunity Ben. Never ‘fixed’ Steward as he came across in defence and passed too early. Steward didn’t have to break his stride and simply moved on to pressure Telea. Never scanned the easier option of passing to the two supporting players on the inside. Beauden Barrett showed how it is done when he put Telea in for his try. Another point from the game is that the rush defence is hard to maintain as the number of phases increases. From scrums the defensive line only contains backs who all have roughly the same pace. Once forwards are involved, the defence has players with variable speeds often leading to a jagged line. It also tends to lose pace overall giving the attack more time and space. Beauden Barrett’s break to set up Telea’s try came because Baxter went in to tackle McKenzie and Steward went out to cover Telea. Barrett has a massive hole to run through, then commits Steward by passing as late as possible and Telea scores untouched. Another comment I would make is that Ben Earl is a good player and generally an excellent defender but he made three significant misses in the series, two of which led to All Black tries. Got stepped by Perofeta in Dunedin for Savea’s try, missed McKenzie in Auckland leading to what should have been a certain try being set up by Perofeta and was one of the tacklers who couldn’t stop Savea in the leadup to Telea’s first try. Perhaps he should contact Owen Farrell to pick up a few tips from ‘tackle school’.

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