Wales have announced that Gethin Jenkins will be made captain for the third time in his career in the absence of Sam Warburton for tomorrow’s World Cup bronze-medal match against Australia in Auckland.
Warburton’s sending off was the talking point from the last-four encounter with many experts believing it was too harsh a penalty for the type of tackle.
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But what’s done is done and Toby Faletau will move to open-side flanker in place of Warburton, who now serves a three-week ban after being dismissed in the semi-final defeat to France.
Elsewhere, Ryan Jones comes in at number eight, while Alun Wyn Jones is rested. Paul James replaces Adam Jones – who misses out with a calf injury – at tight-head prop, while forwards Ryan Bevington and Andy Powell have been handed call-ups.
For the Aussies, coach Robbie Deans has recalled Kurtley Beale at full-back after injury for tomorrow’s contest.
Beale missed the 20-6 semi-final loss to New Zealand with a hamstring strain and is one of eight changes, including an entirely new front row.
Berrick Barnes returns at centre for the injured Pat McCabe to partner Adam Ashley-Cooper and Nathan Sharpe will replace Dan Vickerman at lock.
James Slipper, Tatafu Polota-Nau and Salesi Ma’afu are preferred in the front row, replacing the trio of Sekope Kepu, Stephen Moore and Ben Alexander that struggled against the All Blacks.
Blind-side flanker Scott Higginbotham and number eight Ben McCalman come into the back row for Rocky Elsom and Radike Samo, with Samo dropping to the bench.
Both teams will want to end their tournament on a high and secure a third place finish and the action gets underway at 08:30 BST tomorrow. It promises to be an entertaining precursor to the main event on Sunday – when New Zealand take on France in the World Cup final.