Folau Fainga’a is set start at hooker for the Wallabies against Argentina on Sunday morning, replacing David Porecki, who has been ruled out after suffering a head knock at training.

The Waratahs’ Porecki started in all three of Australia’s Tests against England last month and was again set to play in the Wallabies’ Rugby Championship opener this weekend in Mendoza.

However, he now must stand down for 12 days as part of World Rugby’s concussion protocols.

With Porecki sidelined, Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has made the decision to fly Brumbies hooker Billy Pollard – who was in the Australia A squad for last month’s Pacific Nations Cup – to Argentina.

Pollard, 20, isn’t expected to feature in Australia’s squad on Sunday, with Fainga’a likely to start at hooker ahead of Lachlan Lonergan.

Rennie will confirm his starting side on Friday morning, with reports suggesting that veteran former Queensland Reds star Quade Cooper – who missed the series against England in the warm-up before the first Test in Perth – will return at fly half at the expense of the Brumbies’ Noah Lolesio.

The Argentine team will be coached by former Wallabies mentor Michael Cheika.

Likely Wallabies fullback Tom Wright said his team was not focused on any type of rivalry with Cheika

“We don’t talk about it,” Wright said.

“If we’re too busy worrying about the opposition coach we’ve probably got our head in the wrong space preparation-wise.”

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