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Beale back in the Australia starting XV

Updated: Wednesday, 19 Oct 2011 07:42

Kurtley Beale is back in the Australia team following injury
Kurtley Beale is back in the Australia team following injury

Full-back Kurtley Beale will return to the Australia team for Friday's World Cup bronze medal match against Wales in Auckland.

Beale missed the semi-final loss to New Zealand four days ago because of injury, but he now features in a much-changed Wallabies line-up.

Adam Ashley-Cooper moves back into the centre, where he will be partnered by Berrick Barnes, although coach Robbie Deans has retained his half-back combination of Quade Cooper and Will Genia.

Up front, meanwhile, only lock James Horwill and flanker David Pocock remain from the pack that took on the All Blacks.

Australia team to play Wales in the Rugby World Cup bronze medal final, Friday 21 October, Auckland, kick-off 8.30am:

15 K Beale 14 J O'Connor 13 A Ashley-Cooper 12 B Barnes 11 D Ioane 10 Q Cooper 9 W Genia 1 J Slipper 2 T Polota-Nau 3 S Ma'afu 4 J Horwill (capt) 5 N Sharpe 6 S Higginbotham 7 D Pocock 8 B McCalman.

Replacements: 16 S Faingaa 17 B Alexander 18 R Simmons 19 R Samo 20 L Burgess 21 A Faingaa 22 R Horne.

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