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By ARU Media Unit
Australian Schools selectors have made significant changes to the side which fell 18-9 to the Fijian President’s XV on Saturday, with just four players retaining their starting positions for today’s clash with Fijian Schools.
An inexperienced side with 10 debutants took to the field against the Fijian President’s XV at Prince Charles Park, Nadi, Fiji and the squad will now look to regroup for its second game of the tour.
Five changes have been made to the forward pack, with Aaron Pleash replacing Tomas Robertson in the front row, Matt Philip coming in for Jack Cornelsen in the second row and an entirely new back row of Jack Dempsey, Michael Gunn and Michael Whiteley who replace Adam Korczyk, Brad Wilkin and Lolo Fakaosilea.
Six changes have been made to the backline, starting at scrumhalf with Angus Pulver replacing Andrew Ferris.
Jack McIntyre has been brought into flyhalf, replacing Reece Hodge, while Jack Tuttle comes in for Tepai Moeroa at inside centre and Jim Stewart moves to outside centre for Andrew Robinson.
Robinson shifts from the centres to the wing, with Jonah Placid coming in for John Porch at fullback.
Following today’s match, the Australian Schools side will travel to New Zealand to face the New Zealand Barbarians on 29 September, Samoan Schools on 2 October and finally New Zealand Schools on 6 October.
Australian Schools side vs Fijian Schools
Ipswich Grammar School
Tom Wilson (C)
St. Joseph’s College
Canberra Grammar School
St. Augustine’s College
St. Ignatius’ College
Anglican Church Grammar School
Alstonville High School
The Scots College
St. Joseph’s College, Nudgee
St. Mary MacKillop College
Toowoomba Grammar School
St Edmunds College
Brisbane State High School
Brisbane Boys College
The Kings School
Manly Selective School
Central Coast Grammar School
Knox Grammar School
Australian Rugby Union
S and C
Dr Michael McLean
Australian Schools Tour Schedule 2012
Fijian President’s XV
Prince Charles Park, Nadi – 3:30pm (FJT)
Churchill Stadium, Lautoka – 3:30pm (FJT)
New Zealand Barbarians
Sacred Heart College, Auckland – 12:45pm (NZST)
St. Paul’s Collegiate School, Hamilton – 2:30pm (NZST)
New Zealand Schools
Auckland Grammar, Auckland – 2:45pm (NZST)