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Injured Alaalatoa replaced in Wallabies side

By Sacha Pisani

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The Wallabies have been forced into a late change on the eve of their opening Test against Ireland, with Tom Robertson replacing Allan Alaalatoa.

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Alaalatoa was in the side to face Ireland at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane Saturday, however, the Brumbies prop succumbed to a knock to his ankle sustained during training Thursday.

Australia have now added Robertson to the bench in response to the 24-year-old’s injury, it was announced Friday.

Waratahs prop Robertson has not featured for the Wallabies since last year’s clash with England at Twickenham in November.

Michael Cheika’s Australia will come up against a new-look Ireland team, who are unbeaten since losing to Wales in March 2017.

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1. Scott Sio, 2. Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 3. Sekope Kepu, 4. Izack Rodda, 5. Adam Coleman, 6. David Pocock, 7. Michael Hooper (C), 8. Caleb Timu, 9. Will Genia, 10. Bernard Foley, 11. Dane Haylett-Petty, 12. Kurtley Beale, 13. Samu Kerevi, 14. Marika Koroibete, 15. Israel Folau.
Reserves: 16. Tolu Latu, 17. Tom Robertson, 18. Taniela Tupou, 19. Rob Simmons, 20. Lukhan Tui, 21. Pete Samu, 22. Nick Phipps, 23. Reece Hodge.

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