Former Gunnedah junior Ben Gunter is set to realise his dream of playing international rugby after being named in the Japan side for Saturday's test against the Wallabies.
Gunter has been named to start at six in what will be the 23-year old's debut for the Brave Blossoms.
It comes after he was last week named in the Japan squad for their Autumn internationals against the Wallabies, Ireland, Portugal and Scotland.
He is one of three Australian-born players in the match-day 23 and will combine with newly-instated captain Pieter Labuschagne and Kazuki Himeno in the backrow.
Japan will be chasing their first ever win over the Wallabies when they clash at Oita.
The Wallabies have also named their side with Queensland Red Hunter Paisami being named to replace the injured Samu Kerevi at inside centre.
Kerevi failed to overcome the ankle injury he picked up in the side's win over Argentina last month.
Paisami is one of four changes to the starting XV with Matt Philip returning to the second row, his Rebels teammate Rob Leota recalled at blindside flanker and Tom Wright named on the wing.
The front row remains unchanged for the fourth consecutive week with Brumbies teammates James Slipper and Folau Fainga'a joined by the damaging Taniela Tupou. Slipper is set to surpass former teammates Will Genia and Sekope Kepu and join George Smith when he runs on for his 111th Test for Australia.
Philip will reignite his combination with Western Force recruit Izack Rodda in the second row, with Leota joined by skipper Michael Hooper and no.8 Rob Valetini in the loose forwards.In-form Nic White will again wear the number nine jersey, partnering the Japan-based Quade Cooper in the halves, while youngsters Paisami and Len Ikitau will combine in the midfield for just the third time in their early Test careers.
After a strong performance off the pine, Wright has forced his way back into a starting spot in the back three alongside Andrew Kellaway, who is having a breakout debut International season and Reece Hodge, who will line up at fullback for the third straight week.
JAPAN: 1 Keita Inagaki, 2 Atsushi Sakate, 3 Koo Ji-won, 4 Jack Cornelsen, 5 James Moore, 6 Ben Gunter, 7 Pieter Labuschagne (captain), 8 Kazuki Himeno, 9 Yutaka Nagare, 10 Rikiya Matsuda, 11 Siosaia Fifita, 12 Ryoto Nakamura, 13 Timothy Lafaele, 14 Lomano Lemeki, 15 Semisi Masirewa, 16 Yusuke Niwai, 17 Craig Millar, 18 Asaeli Ai Valu, 19 Michael Leitch, 20 Tevita Tatafu, 21 Naoto Saito, 22 Yu Tamura, 23 Dylan Riley.
AUSTRALIA: 1. James Slipper, 2. Folau Fainga'a, 3. Taniela Tupou, 4. Izack Rodda, 5. Matt Philip, 6. Rob Leota, 7. Michael Hooper (c), 8. Rob Valetini, 9. Nic White, 10. Quade Cooper, 11. Andrew Kellaway, 12. Hunter Paisami, 13. Len Ikitau, 14. Tom Wright, 15. Reece Hodge, 16. Connal McInerney, 17. Angus Bell, 18. Allan Alaalatoa, 19. Darcy Swain, 20. Pete Samu, 21. Tate McDermott, 22. James O'Connor, 23. Jordan Petaia.
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