James O'Connor at No 10 again for Wallabies

Last updated 11:53 27/06/2013
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WRAPPED UP: James O'Connor is taken in a tackle during the first test against the Lions.

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James O'Connor has held on to the Wallabies No 10 jersey for the second test against the British and Irish Lions, with coach Robbie Deans making only two injury-enforced changes to the starting XV from Brisbane.

Brumbies winger Joe Tomane has filled the spot left by Digby Ioane on the left wing, while Kurtley Beale comes into the side at No 15 in place of Berrick Barnes.

But there is no place for George Smith in the 23, with the Wallabies legend losing his race to return from a knee injury.

O'Connor has been criticised for his performance in the first test of the series, but the return of Rebels teammate Beale at No 15 - and the availability of Christian Lealiifano at No 12 - ensures that there are several playmaking options available this weekend.

Adam Ashley-Cooper has also responded well enough to treatment on his shoulder injury to take his place at No 13, while Israel Folau has been kept on the right wing to allow him the chance to build on his stunning debut in the same position.

Brumbies fullback Jesse Mogg is also set to make his debut from the bench, where his will be joined by Rob Horne and Nick Phipps.

Deans has resisted the temptation to tinker with the forward pack, but will be hoping for more impact from Wycliff Palu, who was not at his destructive best last weekend, and a repeat scrummaging performance from replacement props James Slipper and Sekope Kepu.

The Lions name their side later on today, and it is expected they will make a number of changes, with the fit-again Tommy Bowe pushing hard for a place on the right wing and a replacement needed for the injured Paul O'Connell. Loose-head prop Alex Corbisiero is also thought be a doubtful starter.

AUSTRALIA: Kurtley Beale, Israel Folau, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Christian Leali'ifano, Joe Tomane, James O'Connor, Will Genia, Wycliff Palu, Michael Hooper, Ben Mowen, James Horwill (captain), Kane Douglas, Ben Alexander, Stephen Moore, Benn Robinson. Reserves: Saia Fainga'a, James Slipper, Sekope Kepu, Rob Simmons, Liam Gill, Nick Phipps, Rob Horne, Jesse Mogg

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- Sydney Morning Herald

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