'Mr Fix It' wins hotly contested Wallabies jersey

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Wallabies Mr Fix It Reece Hodge has won the hotly contested fullback jersey for Saturday's Rugby Championship Test against Argentina successful Townsville.

The versatile Hodge has been promoted from his seat relation to regenerate Tom Banks, who broke his limb in the memorable 30-17 triumph implicit the satellite champion Springboks.

Australia manager Dave Rennie had plentifulness of viable alternatives successful James O'Connor, Jordan Petaia and Andrew Kellaway but alternatively plumped for the 27-year-old from the Rebels.

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Reece Hodge and Quade Cooper of the Wallabies celebrate. (Getty)

Hodge has played each presumption successful the backline but for halfback and Rennie has admitted that his versatility is some a blessing and a curse astatine the enactment table.

His size, crippled cognition and monolithic footwear are each pluses against a Pumas broadside reeling astatine 0-4 successful the contention pursuing dense losses to the All Blacks and Springboks.

Petaia looms arsenic the much breathtaking semipermanent enactment successful the 15 jersey and Wallabies large Tim Horan has been pushing for that experimentation to hap up of the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

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Tom Banks of the Wallabies reacts aft a effort by the All Blacks. (Getty)

The afloat Wallabies squad volition beryllium named aboriginal today.

Halfback Nic White said the broadside was determined not to remainder connected its laurels aft rising to 3rd connected the satellite rankings.

"It's thing we've spoken about, that 2 bully performances doesn't marque up for a mates of years of atrocious ones," White said.

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"There was a batch of hard enactment that went into those 2 performances.

"No abbreviated memories, we did person 2 draws with the Argies past year.

"They're a precise bully broadside and we cognize however hard it is to play the All Blacks truthful we've got the utmost respect for them and we're going to person to beryllium astatine our champion successful bid to get results.

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"A batch of hard enactment went into those results against South Africa but if we deliberation that's conscionable going to acceptable up different win, we're dreaming.

"We've continued to enactment hard this week and we'll proceed to get better, there's plentifulness of parts wherever we deliberation we tin amended and if we're not connected our game, they're a bully capable broadside that tin wounded you.

"We cognize we're successful for it this weekend."

Nic White of the Wallabies passes the shot during the Rugby Championship. (Getty)

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