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Wallabies rookie Len Ikitau signs Rugby Australia contract extension

Ikitau has committed to Australian rugby and the Brumbies until after the World Cup in 2023.

The 22-year-old, who made his test debut against France in July, scored a double in Australia’s memorable 30-17 win over South Africa in their Rugby Championship clash last weekend.

Brisbane-raised Ikitau joined the Brumbies before the 2019 Super Rugby season and says he’s delighted to share the news with his close mate Swain.

“I’m just happy that I have my future sorted for the next few years and I’m just looking forward to it and ripping in,” Ikitau said on Tuesday.

Wallabies climb rankings: 'We definitely weren't seventh or eighth'

The former Wallabies centre watched alongside nearly 40,000 fans at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday evening, marvelling as Australia again overpowered the Springboks in a 30-17 Rugby Championship win.

It backed up their 28-26 victory on the Gold Coast six days earlier and saw Wallabies jump two more spots to No.3 in the world after starting last week in seventh.

The back-to-back wins are the first for the side since 2019 and under new coach Dave Rennie, coming after a comprehensive trio of losses to New Zealand.

Australian backs shine in South African win

After upsetting South Africa 28-26 on the Gold Coast six days ago, with a Quade Cooper penalty after the siren, the Wallabies' running game shone in the Suncorp Stadium twilight as centre Len Ikitau and winger Marika Koroibete each scored a brace of tries.

Koroibete's second try put the Australians 13 points up with 12 minutes left and they defended brilliantly to turn over the ball in front of their posts twice to protect the lead to the finish.

Wallabies set to make a change in the halves

The world champion Springboks will be seething after Quade Cooper’s long-range penalty after the siren sunk them in a 28-26 loss on Sunday.

They’ll meet again inside a week at Suncorp Stadium, where the Wallabies have won their last eight tests.

Nursing a shin injury, McDermott remained off after the break on Sunday and White made the most of his extra time on the park.

He kicked a 50-22 early in the second half and then forced the decisive penalty after Australia had turned over a scrum just seconds before fulltime.

Wallaby front-rowers make strong case for change

Recalled playmaker Quade Cooper was the unlikely hero, booting Australia to a memorable 28-26 victory over the world champion Springboks with a penalty kick after the siren on Sunday night for their first Rugby Championship win.

That came after the Wallabies forwards put a big shove on the powerhouse South African scrum in the dying seconds which ultimately led to halfback Nic White winning a breakdown penalty.

“The two scrums before that scrum we went backwards so we came together and we wanted to come up with a plan – we needed to get that scrum,” Tupou said on Monday.

Cooper kicks Wallabies to famous win

A surprise recall in Dave Rennie's side, Cooper split the middle of the posts from 40 metres out on an angle after scrumhalf Nic White swooped with a turnover after the ball squirted out of the Springboks' scrum in a frenetic finish.

Cooper racked up 23 points in a flawless night off the tee, slotting seven penalties and a conversion, with Andrew Kellaway scoring the Wallabies' lone try in the 17th minute as they shelved their running game to upset the world champions.

Quade Cooper headlines five changes to Wallabies side for Springboks

Cooper has been named to start at No 10 for the Wallabies for the first time since 2017, when he made the last of his 70 test appearances against Italy in Brisbane.

Since then, the 33-year-old has endured a turbulent four years that saw him dropped from the Queensland Reds by Brad Thorn in 2018, which was followed by a one-off spell with the Melbourne Rebels a year later.

Cooper’s move south wasn’t enough to win a re-call to the Wallabies squad for the 2019 World Cup, though, and that was enough for him to take up a deal abroad with the Hanazono Kintetsu Liners in Japan.

Former Wallabies playmaker backs Noah Lolesio to retain 10 jersey

Whether Lolesio retains his starting role against the world champion Springboks on the Gold Coast is one of several selection issues for coach Dave Rennie after last weekend’s loss to the All Blacks in Perth.

The 21-year-old is yet to impose himself at test level and Rennie could be tempted to move utility Reece Hodge into the No.10 jersey this weekend.

Veteran James O’Connor is back training but may not be rushed back from the groin injury that has sidelined him since mid-May.

Wallabies to wear special strip for Springboks clash

The numbering on Australia’s primary strip will feature a design by Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay artist Dennis Golding for every Test, starting on Sunday on the Gold Coast against South Africa.

Rugby Australia says it will mark the first time an Australian representative team bears both the coat of arms and a First Nations design in its primary playing strip.

The side will also wear their special First Nations jersey for a sixth time when they meet Argentina in Townsville on September 25.

Further pain for Wallabies with future star's sideline stint extended

The two-time NRL premiership winger with Melbourne has been impressive in his brief appearances so far, with Queensland Reds coach and dual international Brad Thorn claiming he’s done it better than anyone he’s seen.

But three separate hamstring injuries, the most recent coming last week as he prepared to enter Wallabies camp for the Rugby Championship, have restricted him to just eight Super Rugby games.