Rennie's key change for Wallabies-Boks rematch

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Nic White has usurped Tate McDermott as Australia's starting halfback for Saturday's Rugby Championship rematch with the smarting Springboks at Suncorp Stadium.

Queensland favourite McDermott is enjoying a breakout season for the Wallabies but coach Dave Rennie has opted for the experience of White, who played a crucial role off the bench in Sunday's stunning 28-26 upset on the Gold Coast.

The moustachioed 31-year-old played the entire second half after McDermott copped a knock to his shin.

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Nic White of the Wallabies passes the ball during the Rugby Championship. (Getty)

White won the crucial penalty with time expired which Cooper cooly converted to seal a fairytale comeback.

The full Wallabies team will be named later this morning.

Suddenly, the selectors have real options in the backline with James O'Connor available for selection after a long-term groin injury.

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With Cooper expected to retain his No.10 jersey, an O'Connor move to fullback is a possibility.

Former Wallabies Chris Latham and Elton Flatley felt that idea had merit.

"There might be chat of him moving back to fullback," Latham said.

James O'Connor passes during a Wallabies training session at Sanctuary Cove. (Getty)

"You need those players that can play unpredictably within a structure.

"I thought that was the difference that Quade brought - he made the Boks sit back and watch.

"Having O'Connor, another strike weapon out there, as well as Samu (Kerevi) with that direct running and ability to offload and ball play... that mix up again will make the Boks think if we rush we're going to get hurt."

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Flatley pointed out O'Connor's considerable experience playing at fullback.

"If he's fit he's got that experience and know how to do a job in the 15 jersey," Flatley said.

"For Quade to come back and play like he did was tremendous, I didn't think he'd go that well personally.

"Physically he's in fantastic nick and he was rock solid, couldn't fault him."

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