Who will start on the Wallabies wings?

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by Matt Lewis

Who is in contention to line up on the edges this weekend?

Dane Haylett-Petty

Haylett-Petty started on the wing in every Test in 2016, after a standout Super Rugby season at fullback. Haylett-Petty was one of the standouts during the June series but was targeted in the opening two Bledisloe Tests last month, caught out in defence. The 27-year-old is expected to hold his place for the Wallabies clash against Springboks on Saturday, but he will be eager to show off the Super Rugby form that got him selected for his initial Test debut. Veteran winger Drew Mitchell backed his teammate to rebound, speaking earlier this week, and this Brisbane clash will be Haylett-Petty's biggest challenge gf his Wallabies stint so far.

Reece Hodge

Hodge made his Wallabies debut a fortnight ago off the bench, a debut that came unexpectedly early when veteran back Adam Ashley-Cooper was subbed off with a concussion. Hodge made the most of his limited opportunities, including slotting 55m penalty goal in the opening half. His rise to international stardom has been swift, having only made his Super Rugby debut with the Melbourne Rebels this year, but his consistency and versatility in the backline adds a lot to any rugby side. The 21-year-old seems to have done enough to hold is place, but could also be in the mix for a start.

Henry Speight

Injuries cruelled Speight’s season both in a brief Super Rugby stint and a longer one with the Australian Sevens, as he vied for an Olympic spot. Speight has returned to the 15-a-side game in the last two weeks via the NRC and was recalled into the Test squad Michael Cheika after a number of Wallabies backs were ruled out for the rest of the tournament. Fitness is definitely no issue for Speight after his gruelling Sevens workload but the major question will be over whether he is ready to be thrown back into the Test cauldron.

Henry Speight has finished his stint with the Australian Sevens squad. Photo: ARU Media/Stu Walmsley

Drew Mitchell

Mitchell to Australia three months ago after groin surgery ended his Top 14 season. Mitchell was expected to be available for the second Bledisloe but after a few complications looks ready to make his return to Test rugby. Mitchell passed his final major test on Tuesday in an intense training session, and if selected to play will be the most experienced Wallabies back in the team after Ashley-Cooper and Matt Giteau returned to France. Expect to see Mitchell in the match-day 23 for the first time since the Rugby World Cup final.

Drew Mitchell hasn't played for the Wallabies since the Rugby World Cup. Photo: ARU Media/Stu Walmsley

Luke Morahan

Luke Morahan had to wait four years between his first and second Wallabies caps, when he returned to the tam in June, but he might not be made to wait so long this time. Morahan has been training with the Wallabies squad for the Rugby Championship's entirety as an extended squad member but made his return to the official squad on Sunday, ahead of Tests against South Africa and Argentina. Could be a darkhorse to take Adam Ashley-Cooper’s spot on the wing having been in the Wallabies group all season.

Morahan has been a member of the Wallabies extended training squad. Photo: ARU Media/Stu Walmsley