Rona to debut for Wallabies in Bledisloe Cup
Australia head coach Michael Cheika named former NRL star Curtis Rona in his squad for Saturday’s clash against New Zealand in Sydney after Dane Haylett-Petty succumbed to a bicep injury. Rona’s nickname during his NRL days was “The Finisher, and here’s why:
Rona impressed during his first full season in Super Rugby, starring for the Western Force, who have since been culled by SANZAAR as the competition is scaled back from 18 to 15 teams.
The 25-year-old New Zealand-born player will now line up on the left wing against the world champions at ANZ Stadium.
The weekend’s Rugby Championship opener will also see the return of Beale.
Australia’s backline will feature Beale, Bernard Foley and Israel Folau.
Australia team to face New Zealand: Israel Folau, Henry Speight, Samu Kerevi, Kurtley Beale, Curtis Rona, Bernard Foley, Will Genia; Scott Sio, Stephen Moore, Allan Alaalatoa, Rory Arnold, Adam Coleman, Ned Hanigan, Michael Hooper, Sean McMahon.
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