Valetini to start for the Wallabies while Kerevi is sidelined due to injury

Valetini to start for the Wallabies while Kerevi is sidelined due to injury

By Navitalai Naivalurua
Friday 22/10/2021
[image: Wallabies/Facebook]

Rob Valetini will start for the Wallabies while Hunter Paisami will replace injured Samu Kerevi for tomorrow's clash against Japan in Oita.

Valetini will team up with Rob Leota and Michael Hooper in the loose forward while Paisami will replace Kerevi in the midfield position.

Kerevi failed to overcome an ankle syndesmosis injury suffered during the final round of the Rugby Championship.

Other players included in the Wallabies side are James Slipper, Taniela Tupou, Matt Philip, Quade Cooper, Andrew Kellaway, Tom Wright and Reece Hodge.

Meanwhile, Semisi Masirewa has been included in the starting 15 for the Japan side.

The Wallabies meet Japan at 4.45pm tomorrow.

Wallabies Squad

James Slipper, Folau Fainga’a, Taniela Tupou, Izack Rodda, Matt Philip, Rob Leota, Michael Hooper(c), Rob Valetini, Nic White, Quade Cooper, Andrew Kellaway, Hunter Paisami, Len Ikitau, Tom Wright, Reece Hodge.

Reserves: Connal McInerney, Angus Bell, Allan Alaalatoa, Darcy Swain, Pete Samu, Tate McDermott, James O’Connor, Jordan PetaiaL.

Japan Squad:

Semisi Masirewa, Lomano Lemeki, Timothy Lafaele, Ryoto Nakamura, Siosaia Fifita, Rikiya Matsuda, Yutaka Nagare, Kazuki Himeno, Pieter Labuschagne (captain), Ben Gunter, James Moore, Jack Cornelsen, Koo Ji-won, Atsushi Sakate, Keita Inagaki

Reserves: Yusuke Niwai, Craig Millar, Asaeli Ai Valu, Michael Leitch, Tevita Tatafu, Naoto Saito, Yu Tamura, Dylan Riley.

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