Sio return for full-strength Wallabies side

KEY prop Scott Sio has overcome a dislocated elbow to join what will now be a full-strength Wallabies side for the Rugby World Cup final at Twickenham.

Sio’s inclusion is the only change made to the starting lineup from the semi-final team which defeated Argentina.

His return now hive coach Michael Cheika a full-strength squad to choose from for the showdown with New Zealand on Saturday (Sunday AEST).


Cheika has continued to ignore calls to dump out-of-form fullback Israel Folau, who has been uncharacteristically subdued at the tournament.

Other injury doubts, including lynchpin David Pocock (calf, broken nose), veteran centre Matt Giteau (groin) and rugged No.6 Scott Fardy (hip), have all been cleared to play.


Israel Folau, Adam Ashley Cooper, Tevita Kuridrani, Matt Giteau, Drew Mitchell, Bernard Foley, Will Genia, David Pocock, Michael Hooper, Scott Fardy, Rob Simmons, Kane Douglas, Sekope Kepu, Stephen Moore (capt), Scott Sio. Res: Tatafu Polota-Nau, James Slipper, Greg Holmes, Dean Mumm, Ben McCalman, Nick Phipps, Matt Toomua, Kurtley Beale.