Rob Simmons

Cheika names veteran lock in Bledisloe 15

Rookie Rodda was ruled out of the rest of the season this week to undergo shoulder surgery, and the 77-test veteran Simmons will partner Adam Coleman in the second row.

Hooker and former captain Stephen Moore has been named on the bench and is sure to farewell home fans at Lang Park as he winds down his valedictory season.

Prop Tetera Faulkner has been replaced by Tom Robertson in the reserves, with blindside flanker Ned Hanigan also coming back into the matchday 23 on the bench.

Simmons a surprise second Bledisloe starter

Simmons, played 13 matches for the Reds this year, one of those at blindside flanker after being released by Queensland as coach Nick Stiles looked to the future.

He and fellow World Cup lock Kane Douglas were both out of favour at the Reds, with Simmons left out of the 23 as early as March when the side played the Jaguares.

Simmons played in 11 of the Wallabies' 15 Tests last year, starting in three of the Spring Tour Tests after an injury to Adam Coleman.