Australia Rugby: Wallabies welcome back key duo

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Adam Ashley-Cooper and Nick Cummins have been recalled by Australia for Saturday’s Test against Wales in Cardiff.

The duo were among six players who were banned for the game against Scotland by Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie.

McKenzie took the action after the players went on a drinking session in the week leading up to the game against Ireland but he now welcomes them back into the fold.

Ashley-Cooper will replace Mike Harris at centre, while Cummins will play on the wing in place of Chris Feauai-Sautia.

Christian Leali’ifano is expected to move to his preferred position at number 12, while McKenzie will keep faith with the starting pack that helped defeat Scotland.

McKenzie says the Wallabies are determined to finish on a high and bringing some big names back can only boost their chances of getting a win.

“We’re treating this week a little bit like our Grand Final, so it’s pleasing to bring in some big game players with a lot of experience,”
McKenzie said.

“I think everyone will be extremely motivated by the circumstances of the game and the opportunity to play Wales in their backyard.

“For us to finish on a high would be good reward for a lot of the hard work being done.”

The game also has special significance for Quade Cooper as the fly-half will win his 50th cap since returning to the international fold under McKenzie.

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