Toomua returns to boost Wallabies' midfield

4:31 AM GMT

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has opted for a second playmaker for the third Test against England with Matt Toomua named at inside centre.

He is joined in the run-on side for the Sydney finale by Waratahs lock Will Skelton, who will play his first Test since last year’s Rugby World Cup.

The only other change from to the side that suffered a 23-7 loss in Melbourne last week also comes at lock where Rob Simmons returns; Sam Carter and Rory Arnold the two players dropping out.

“This Saturday’s match against England is a real opportunity for the Wallabies to show the character I know they have on the field, for all our fans to see,” Cheika said.

Matt Toomua Cameron Spencer/Getty Images`

“We will continue to play Rugby in our attacking style and we’ll be aiming to do it with more consistent quality than we have in the first two matches.

“Will Skelton and Matt Toomua are back to full fitness and have worked extremely hard for their opportunity this Saturday.”

Meanwhile on the bench, Western Force lock Adam Coleman has been included alongside veteran back-rower Wycliff Palu and returned Waratahs winger Taqele Naiyaravoro.

Australia: Israel Folau, Dane Haylett-Petty, Tevita Kuridrani, Matt Toomua, Rob Horne, Bernard Foley, Nick Phipps; Sean McMahon, Michael Hooper, Scott Fardy, Rob Simmons, Will Skelton, Sekope Kepu, Stephen Moore, James Slipper.

Replacements: Tatafu Polota-Nau, Scott Sio, Greg Holmes, Adam Coleman, Dean Mumm, Wycliff Palu, Nick Frisby, Christian Leali’ifano, Taqele Naiyaravoro.

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