Adam Coleman was impressive against Scotland.
Adam Coleman was impressive against Scotland.

Coleman beginning to lead by example for Wallabies

WALLABIES coach Michael Cheika's strident call for more urgency in his forward runners and quicker sting from his defenders has stirred a selection shake-up for Saturday's clash with Italy at Suncorp Stadium.

How far he goes will be unveiled on Thursday when the 124kg Lopeti Timani's no-frills, no-prisoners method is expected to earn a spot at the expense of the more multi-faceted Scott Higginbotham.

And Adam Coleman's blunt force example for the misfiring Wallabies against Scotland will earn him a henchman role.

The Wallabies can't arrive at August 19 against the All Blacks in Sydney with their captain, Stephen Moore, having been a mere reserve throughout the three June Tests.

On this basis alone hooker Moore must start and fix the little lineout errors that crept in against Scotland last weekend.

Towering Rory Arnold is certain to replace Sam Carter as Coleman's lock partner but the bigger call will be whether Cheika bloods more crunch with a sixth Test debutant for the month.

Cheika has been impressed with young gun lock Lukhan Tui, just 20, in his first training weeks with the Wallabies and will size him up as a bench weapon.Such was the disdain for the Wallabies botching their late chances against the Scots, lock Coleman's excellent start to the Test campaign has been overshadowed.

In just 12 Tests, he has become the heart of the tight five in terms of making non-stop physical statements or being central to any yapping, pushing conflict with opponents.

The giant lock (30) has made more tackles than Michael Hooper (23) and his appetite for runs (15) only trails the flanker (20) in this month's two Tests.

Best of all, Coleman's impact has come with no hint of the yellow card problems that marred his debut campaign in Tests last year.

"Definitely getting the balance is something I've worked at because you want the physicality and concentration on the strategy of the game without losing focus,” Coleman said.

Senior prop Sekope Kepu has played 80 Tests to know when the Wallabies have unearthed a good one.

"Adam is a point-of-difference player with the massive amount of energy and physical presence he brings and he's good guy to have behind you in scrums or at other times,” Kepu said.

Timani has played only six of the Melbourne Rebels' 12 games because of injury and suspension so he should hit this Test hungry and fresh.

Higginbotham produced some excellent moments against Fiji and Scotland but perhaps not enough to nail his spot in the current state of flux with results and reshaping the side.

Moore said he'd read the spray from Facebook warrior Jack Quigley when it was taped up in the team room in Brisbane after the Wallabies' ragged loss against Scotland.

"A lot of the specific stuff is a person's view on something...it's the general sentiment (of disappointment) that you want to see changed,” Moore said.

"One of the No.1 reasons I play the game is because I care about representing my country and everyone that supports the team.

"I see the great support when things go well and even when it doesn't people are passionate about it because it's really directed at wanting the team to turn it around.

"The only way we can respond is with everything we put into our performance against Italy.”



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