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Wallabies make two changes as teenager misses out on debut

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Wallabies make two changes as teenager misses out on debut

Wallabies make two changes as teenager misses out on debut
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PADUA, Italy (Reuters) - Teenager Jordan Petaia has suffered a hamstring injury and will miss out on a test debut when Australia, who were forced into two late changes, take on Italy in Padua on Saturday.

The 18-year-old would have become the third youngest Australian international after being named on Thursday by coach Michael Cheika in the starting XV for the test, only to then suffer a hamstring twinge in training later in the day.

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"Australian medical staff have opted not to rush the rehabilitation and the winger is expected to be fit in time for the England clash at Twickenham next week," a team statement said on Friday.

He will be replaced by Marika Koroibete.

Rory Arnold, who had been named on the bench, is also out after a fractured eye socket had not recovered as expected, with the lock replaced among the replacements by veteran Rob Simmons.

Team: 15-Israel Folau, 14-Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13-Samu Kerevi, 12-Bernard Foley, 11- Marika Koroibete, 10-Matt To'omua, 9-Jake Gordon, 8-David Pocock, 7-Michael Hooper (captain), 6-Jack Dempsey, 5-Adam Coleman, 4-Izack Rodda, 3-Taniela Tupou, 2-Folau Fainga'a, 1-Scott Sio

Replacements: 16-Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17-Jermaine Ainsley 18-Sekope Kepu, 19-Rob Simmons, 20-Pete Samu, 21-Will Genia, 22-Kurtley Beale, 23-Dane Haylett-Petty.

(Reporting by Mark Gleeson; Editing by John O'Brien)

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