'Thor' let off leash as Wallabies go for broke

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Dynamic prop Taniela Tupou has been promoted to commencement for the Wallabies arsenic they purpose to wrapper up the bid with triumph implicit France successful Tuesday's 2nd Test successful Melbourne.

Tupou had a monolithic interaction disconnected the seat successful the thrilling 23-21 archetypal Test triumph successful Brisbane, dominating the scrum and forcing France into captious blunders with his precocious hustle.

The 25-year-old replaces Allan Alaalatoa successful the lone alteration to manager Dave Rennie's match-day 23.

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Taniela Tupou of the Wallabies breaks done the defence. (Getty)

Rennie had made it wide that the 2 tightheads would proceed to occupation stock passim the series.

How champion to usage Tupou's unsocial abilities successful each Test has go 1 of Australian rugby's large enactment debates: not rather connected the David Pocock/Michael Hooper, George Smith/Phil Waugh oregon George Gregan/Chris Whitaker level but connected its way.

"Taniela made a existent interaction connected some sides of the shot erstwhile helium came connected successful astatine Suncorp Stadium and we'll beryllium looking for him to bash the aforesaid from the get spell successful Melbourne," Rennie said.

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"We've worked hard and we're good conditioned. A deficiency of accuracy successful Brisbane denied america the accidental to marque the astir of that, but we showed plentifulness of quality to enactment successful the combat until the last whistle.

"We request to commencement fast, beryllium much objective and crook unit into points astatine AAMI Park connected Tuesday night."  

Rennie has ignored calls to beforehand Tate McDermott to commencement astatine halfback aft the Reds sparkplug besides provided immoderate match-turning interaction from the seat astatine Suncorp Stadium.

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Jake Gordon retains the No.9 jersey aft an indifferent show successful his archetypal crippled backmost from a important genu injury.

Rennie rates Gordon's passing and kicking crippled arsenic superior to McDermott's.

Five-eighth James O'Connor remains unavailable with a groin wounded arsenic Rennie kept the aforesaid 23 for the archetypal clip successful his coaching tenure.

WALLABIES (15-1): Tom Banks, Tom Wright, Hunter Paisami, Matt To'omua, Marika Koroibete, Noah Lolesio, Jake Gordon, Harry Wilson, Michael Hooper (c), Rob Valetini, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Matt Philip, Taniela Tupou, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, James Slipper

Reserves: Lachlan Lonergan, Angus Bell, Allan Alaalatoa, Darcy Swain, Isi Naisarani, Tate McDermott, Len Ikitau, Andrew Kellaway

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