Western Force lock Adam Coleman is set to become the third Tasmanian to play for the Wallabies after making the final bench for Saturday’s third rugby Test against England.
Veteran lock-flanker Dean Mumm was the man cut from the extended bench on Friday, as coach Michael Cheika opted to go with five forwards and three backs for the match at Sydney’s Allianz Stadium.
The only previous Tasmanians to play for the Wallabies were siblings Jack Ford (11 Tests 1925-30) and Eric Ford (7 Tests 1927-29).
It’s been a rapid rise for 24-year-old Coleman, who was part of the initial 39-man Wallabies extended training squad before the series.
“We felt like he needed some work on his fitness and he’s run hard and he’s trained hard,” Cheika said on Thursday.
“He’s really impressed on the training paddock.
“Probably at the start of the week he wasn’t in that position and over the training days he’s pushed himself into that position.
“If he’s given the opportunity to play on Saturday, I know he’ll do himself proud.”
Big winger Taqele Naiyaravoro, should get his first opportunity to play a Test since making his debut against the United States in Chicago last season, where he scored a try with his first touch of the ball.
Wallabies team: Israel Folau, Dane Haylett-Petty, Tevita Kuridrani, Matt Toomua, Rob Horne (vc), Bernard Foley, Nick Phipps, Sean McMahon, Michael Hooper (vc), Scott Fardy, Rob Simmons, Will Skelton, Sekope Kepu, Stephen Moore (c), James Slipper. Res: Tatafu Polota-Nau, Scott Sio, Greg Holmes, Adam Coleman, Wycliff Palu, Nick Frisby, Christian Lealiifano, Taqele Naiyaravoro.