Nabuli to make Wallabies Test debut against Scotland


nabuliFijian-born winger Eto Nabuli will make his Wallabies debut on Saturday after being named in Michael Cheika’s starting XV to face Scotland in Sydney.

Nabuli’s inclusion for the Sydney Football Stadium encounter, at the expense of fellow Fijian flyer Henry Speight, is the only change to the Wallabies’ run-on side.

Fellow rugby league convert Karmichael Hunt has retained his place at inside centre after a promising debut in last Saturday’s 37-14 win over Fiji in Melbourne, but regular captain and hooker Stephen Moore has again been overlooked.

Cheika is treating the fifth-ranked Scots with full respect, retaining 14 of the 15 starters who combined to notch five tries in the opening Test of the year.

Tatafu Polota-Nau retains the number two jumper, with Moore again expected to be picked on the bench when Cheika reveals his reserves on Friday.

Nabuli bagged seven tries in 13 matches while playing for St George Illawarra in the NRL in 2013, after a chance meeting with Johns and Fittler in Fiji in 2012. He switched codes last year.

He has played 16 matches for the Queensland Reds, with Cheika first picking the 28-year-old in a Wallabies training squad last season before the England series without using him in a Test.

Wallabies squad: Israel Folau, Dane Haylett-Petty, Tevita Kuridrani, Karmichael Hunt, Eto Nabuli, Bernard Foley, Will Genia, Scott Higginbotham, Michael Hooper (captain), Ned Hanigan, Adam Coleman, Sam Carter, Allan Alaalatoa, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Tom Roberston (reserves TBA)

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