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Monday, 19 November, 2018

Unfamiliar Wallabies side big favourites against unpredictable Fiji

Powerhouse Vatabua value to mark debut with a try

Michael Hooper of Australia tackles Campese Ma'afu of Fiji during the 2015 Rugby World Cup
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The word that always attaches itself to Fijian rugby is unpredictability, and that's certainly the case as they take on a much-changed Australia in Melbourne with both teams playing their first match of 2017.

The Wallabies have named just five players who started their last match - against England at Twickenham in November - in their run-on 15 to face the Fijians. Michael Hooper, who captains the side, is the only forward to survive.

Fiji feature three debutants while former Glasgow and Bath scrum-half Niko Matawalu has barely played after an eight-month injury layoff.

The handicap is set in the mid-20s and is tough to call given it's the first outing for some unfamiliar line-ups.

But it could be worth backing one of Fiji's new boys to get on the scoresheet. Centre Jale Vatubua - 6ft 4in tall and weighing 19 stone - has been likened to Sonny Bill Williams and this powerhouse runner is a big price at 7-2 to mark his debut with a try.

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J Vatabua to score a try
1pt 7-2 Betfair, Paddy Power

Recent meetings - Sep 2015 (World Cup): Australia 28 Fiji 13; Jun 2010: Australia 49 Fiji 3; Sep 2007 (World Cup): Australia 55 Fiji 12; Jun 2007: Australia 49 Fiji 0.

The Wallabies have named just five players who started their last match against England at Twickenham in November
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