Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has wasted no time in commencing the evolution of the national team, handing Test debuts to Queensland Reds youngsters Harry Wilson, Filipo Daugunu and Hunter Paisami in Sunday's Bledisloe Cup opener in Wellington.
The uncapped trio have been included in a new-look Wallabies squad, which retains only skipper Michael Hooper and winger Marika Koroibete from the team that was thrashed 40-17 by England -- Australia's last outing -- at the Rugby World Cup almost exactly one year ago.
"We've been picking these Test sides every week for about the last six months," Rennie explained. "Harry has been a real standout. A big ball-carrier, aggressive defensively and we were keen to have him and Pete Samu on the park because they provide a point of difference. They're all there on merit.
"Hunter, with Jordy being unavailable, is an aggressive ball-carrier and really destructive defensively. We think that's going to be important...and Filipo, I thought he was just outstanding for the Reds. A real handful. He can beat people in a phone box and really aggressive defensively, great post-tackle so really good skillset. They were pretty straightforward decisions to be honest."
Up front, Taniela Tupou has been rewarded for a stellar Super Rugby AU season with a start at tighthead prop while James Slipper is a somewhat surprising inclusion ahead of incumbent Scott Sio in the No. 1 jersey. Folau Fainga'a completes the front-row at hooker.
Lukhan Salakaia-Loto and Matt Philip combine in the second-row while Wilson and Hooper are joined in the back-row by Brumbies No. 8 Pete Samu.
In the backs, Nic White and James O'Connor continue the recent shuffling of the Wallabies halves, the Reds star returning to the position he last filled at Test level against the touring British & Irish Lions in 2013.
Injury has prevented Jordan Petaia from starting at outside centre with Reds teammate Paisami combining with the experienced Matt To'omua in midfield.
Brumbies fullback Tom Banks completes the back three alongside Daugunu and Koroibete.
"I'd love it to be really polished on Sunday," Rennie replied when asked if he was expecting some early rust. "There's no doubt that the more time we spend together the better we'll get. We've made the most of the time we've had together.
"When there was talk about 14 days without training as a team that'd have been difficult. We had three days where we were locked up, but the last 11 we've been able to work on things. We made the most of our time staying in the Hunter Valley for the first five days; [it] was really crucial around creating a culture and doing a lot of team building, starting to implement structures and so on. We've done all we can do.
"We're conscious that we can't feed them with too much because there heads will be spinning on the weekend. We'll grow our game over time. We know it's not going to be perfect. What we need to see is the attitude and the work-ethic's going to be really important. We know we need to be physical because the All Blacks will have that mindset."
The All Blacks also named their squad on Friday morning, with Ian Foster sticking by his Richie Mo'unga-Beauden Barrett combination since his graduation to the top job.
Australia: Tom Banks, Filipo Daugunu, Hunter Paisami, Matt Toomua, Marika Koroibete, James O'Connor, Nic White, Pete Samu, Michael Hooper (captain), Harry Wilson, Matt Philip, Lukhan Solokaia-Loto, Taniela Tupou, Folau Fainga'a, James Slipper
Replacements: Jordan Uelese, Scott Sio, Allan Alaalatoa, Rob Simmons, Rob Valetini, Jake Gordon, Noah Lolesio, Reece Hodge