Wallabies recall Genia, Ford playing 100th test for Scotland
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) Will Genia will be back at scrumhalf for Australia against Scotland on Saturday at Murrayfield, after missing the tour-opening win over Wales.
Meanwhile, Scotland will feature a novel front row: Edinburgh loosehead prop Allan Dell will make his debut, tighthead Zander Fagerson earns his first start, and hooker Ross Ford becomes the third Scot to reach 100 tests.
Genia wasn't released by French club Stade Francais because the Wales match was outside the test window. But available again, he was chosen immediately by Wallabies coach Michael Cheika on Thursday.
In replacing Nick Phipps, who was in the reserves, Genia was the only change to the starting XV which thumped Wales 32-8 in Cardiff last weekend.
''Genia … he's been one of our best all season,'' Cheika said. ''Nick will finish the game.''
Utility forward Dean Mumm was in the reserves after a one-match suspension, along with lock Will Skelton, who hasn't played since August. The forwards-backs split in the reserves was 5-2, perhaps in mind of the weather forecast, which is for rain. Australia's tight five was also criticized, even after dominating Wales, and Cheika expected them to be targeted.
''We're going to have to learn how to win in different ways on this trip,'' he said. ''It can't always be like the way it was last week.''
Cheika kept faith with No. 8 Lopeti Timani, who excelled even after David Pocock left the Wales game early because of a concussion. Pocock was passed fit.
Ford, who made his Scotland debut against Australia in 2004, follows only Chris Paterson (109) and Sean Lamont (105) to a century of caps.
His experience will be vital in the front row, between South African-born clubmate Dell, and 20-year-old Fagerson.
''He has plenty left to give in a Scotland jersey,'' Scotland coach Vern Cotter said of Ford.
Regular props Alasdair Dickinson (hamstring) and WP Nel (neck) were injured. Gordon Reid and Moray Low were the backups.
Backs Finn Russell and Alex Dunbar return after injuries ruled them out of the Japan tour in June, when Scotland won both tests. Dunbar forms a new center partnership with Stormers center Huw Jones, who made his debut in Japan.
Scotland: Stuart Hogg, Sean Maitland, Huw Jones, Alex Dunbar, Tim Visser, Finn Russell, Greig Laidlaw (captain), Ryan Wilson, Hamish Watson, John Barclay, Jonny Gray, Richie Gray, Zander Ferguson, Ross Ford, Allan Dell. Reserves: Fraser Brown, Gordon Reid, Moray Low, Grant Gilchrist, John Hardie, Ali Price, Pete Horne, Rory Hughes.
Australia: Israel Folau, Dane Haylett-Petty, Tevita Kuridrani, Reece Hodge, Henry Speight, Bernard Foley, Will Genia; Lopeti Timani, Michael Hooper, David Pocock, Adam Coleman, Rory Arnold, Sekope Kepu, Stephen Moore (captain), Scott Sio. Reserves: Tolu Latu, Tom Robertson, Allan Alaalatoa, Rob Simmons, Will Skelton, Dean Mumm, Nick Phipps, Quade Cooper.