McKenzie hints at changes

Date published: September 2 2013

Australia head coach Ewen McKenzie has hinted that he could make changes for their upcoming clash with South Africa in Brisbane.

Australia head coach Ewen McKenzie has hinted that he may make changes for their Rugby Championship clash with South Africa at Suncorp Stadium.

While not directly saying tweaks would be made, McKenzie leaned towards the prospect of change going into their third round clash with the Boks.

“There's always the potential for change,” he said.

“We're playing a different team in a different context so different things will come into play so we're definitely looking at that.”

Fly-half and full-back are the two positions under the spotlight as Matt Toomua, while solid against the All Blacks, comes under pressure from Quade Cooper. Meanwhile, Jesse Mogg is also eyed by the Australian media as one who could miss out.

“It's about how we want to play the game tactically, then we'll have a look at the best guys to do that,” McKenzie said.

“We've got three playmakers (also including Bernard Foley) in the group and I'm happy with all of them.”

On Saturday, one of Toomua, Cooper or Foley will direct the Wallabies against the Springboks, who come into the game on the back of successive wins over Argentina.

“Their formula works for them,” McKenzie said of the Boks' physical gameplan.

“That's how they do it – that's the Springbok way.

“We're in the process of how we want to do it – the Australian way – and it's a bit different.

“There's a clash of rugby approaches.

“They love having set-pieces and they structure most of their game from that.

“That's what they want. The question is whether you give it to them.”