A week after being beaten by the French team (30-29), the XV of Australia is playing a new test match on Saturday in the autumn tour. In Florence, the Wallabies will face Italy (at 2 p.m.). But they will have to do without Nick Frost, their second line player, who suffers from an ankle injury. He is replaced by Darcy Swain (ACT Brumbies).
The latter will thus make his return to the Australian XV, after having served a six-week suspension, following an injury inflicted on Quinn Tupaea, an All Blacks player, on September 15 during the Rugby Championship. Last summer, Swain was also suspended for two weeks, following a red card in a match against Englandfor headbutting an opponent.
Dave Rennie defends Swain
” We don’t want him to have a reputationcommented Dave Rennie, the coach of the Wallabies. His first suspension was provoked. I think if the officials had done a better job, when (Darcy) punched in the face and then had his hair pulled and elbowed, maybe he wouldn’t have fought back. »
Of the injury inflicted on Tupaea, Rennie said: It wasn’t malicious. He tries to be physical but he is quite imprecise. Quinn Tupaea suffered an injury […] that Darcy really regretsyou”.