Rugby World Cup 2019: Australia lock Rob Simmons could win 100th cap against Georgia

Rob Simmons
Rob Simmons won his 99th Test cap in the victory over Uruguay
Rugby World Cup: Australia v Georgia
Venue: Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Shizuoka Dates: Friday, 11 October
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Australia lock Rob Simmons could win his 100th Test cap after a late call-up to the Wallabies squad for their final World Cup Pool D match with Georgia.

Simmons replaces the injured Adam Coleman on the bench as coach Michael Cheika makes 10 changes to his starting XV, with captain Michael Hooper rested.

The Wallabies have already qualified for a quarter-final against either England or France.

David Pocock will skipper the side with his fellow back-rower on the bench.

And Pocock says Simmons, 30, who made his debut against South Africa in 2010, is known as the "big man from Theodore".

"He's a well-loved member of the team," said the back-row.

"One of those guys who goes about his business and is very dependable. He's clearly been pretty robust to play the number of games in the time he has.

"It's pretty amazing to have someone like him on the bench, with that experience, knowing that he steps up when he's needed."

'Able to build depth'

Even with victory over Georgia, Cheika's side are likely to finish second behind table-topping Wales, who play Uruguay in their final Pool D match.

Qualification in second would seal a quarter-final tie with England and the Wallabies coach clearly has one eye on the last eight meeting.

"One of the things that's pretty clear with this team over the years is that we've been able to build a fair bit of depth," said Cheika.

"Different teams have different ideas but keeping players competing for spots is working for us.

"We've got the most-capped team here but part of the plan is to keep that competition and keep guys in the hunt.

"There's no excuses. We've just got to concentrate more and take our opportunities."

Only Jack Dempsey, Nic White, Matt Toomua, Kurtley Beale and Jordan Petaia keep their place from the victory against Uruguay.

Petaia, who at 19 became Australia's youngest ever World Cup player, moves to the right wing, while Toomua moves from inside centre to fly-half.

"Consistency is probably something that's eluded us over the last few years," added Cheika. "But I still believe we can get better.

"The competition is sparking the players to want to do better. You see that really well between the half-backs."

Cheika said after Australia's loss to Wales that authorities are "spooking" referees but admits his side need to cut down on their penalty count.

"One of the huge things that's hurt us is penalties snuffing out our momentum," he said.

"We've got to go there targeting zero in that area. No matter how you see the pictures, the penalties are real.

"Whether truth or perception, we are getting the arm raised against us and getting players sent to the bench. It's a reality, we've got to deal with it."

Australia: Beale; Petaia, O'Connor, Kerevi, Koroibete; Toomua, White; Sio, Latu, Kepu, Rodda, Arnold, Dempsey, Pocock (capt), Naisarani.

Replacements: Uelese, Slipper, Tupou, Simmons, Hooper, Genia, Lealiifano, Haylett-Petty.

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