Reece Hodge’s ankle injury has forced a reshuffle to the Wallabies backline with Folau shifting to the number 13 jersey and Sefa Naivalu named on the wing for his first Test since playing Italy at Suncorp Stadium in June last year.
Naivalu will be looking to add to his remarkable strike rate in the Gold jersey, with four tries in seven Tests despite featuring predominantly off the bench.
Rob Simmons will start at lock alongside Izack Rodda after groin soreness forced Adam Coleman to sit out the final Bledisloe Cup Test of 2018.
Veteran Sekope Kepu is in line to play his 100th Test after being named amongst the reserves and will become the first prop in Wallabies Test history (and 9th Wallaby overall) to reach the century mark, should he run on at Yokohama Stadium on Saturday.
Kepu is joined on the bench by backrower Jack Dempsey, who hasn’t featured at Test level since the third Bledisloe Cup fixture last year because of a hamstring injury.
Dempsey was man-of-the-match in a memorable display against New Zealand, when Australia snuck home 23-18 in front of a packed house at Suncorp Stadium last October.
Samu Kerevi is also set to make his Test return after nearly four months out with a biceps injury suffered in the final game against Ireland at Allianz Stadium in June.
Wallabies team to play New Zealand at Nissan Stadium, Yokohama on Saturday October 27 at 10:00 UAE time
*one to be omitted
Bledisloe Cup Results
Wallabies 13 v New Zealand 38 at ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Saturday August 18
New Zealand 40 v Wallabies 12 at Eden Park, Auckland, Saturday August 25
New Zealand v Wallabies at Nissan Stadium, Yokohama Saturday October 27 10:00 UAE Time
Israel Folau will make his first start as centre on Saturday as Wallabies coach Michael Cheika opted to experiment in the third Bledisloe Cup Test against New Zealand in Japan.
Folau, already switched from fullback to wing this season, will partner Kurtley Beale in midfield with Bernard Foley remaining at fly-half.
Sefa Naivalu comes in on the right wing and Rob Simmons replaces Adam Coleman in the locks, while Allan Alaalatoa starts ahead of Taniela Tupou in the front row.
Team (15-1): Dane Haylett-Petty; Sefa Naivalu, Israel Folau, Kurtley Beale, Marika Koroibete; Bernard Foley, Will Genia; David Pocock, Michael Hooper (capt), Ned Hanigan; Rob Simmons, Izack Rodda; Allan Alaalatoa, Folau Faingaa, Scott Sio
Reserves from (one to be omitted): Tolu Latu, Sekope Kepu, Taniela Tupou, Rory Arnold, Jack Dempsey, Pete Samu, Nick Phipps, Samu Kerevi, Tom Banks
Sonny Bill Williams was lined up to play his 50th Test on Saturday as the All Blacks named a strong team for the third Bledisloe Cup Test against Australia in Japan.
The code-hopping double World Cup-winner was named in the centres alongside Ryan Crotty, who returns to the side after Jack Goodhue was ruled out through illness.
Damian McKenzie returns as fullback with Ben Smith switching to the right wing, while Ardie Savea and Liam Squire make up the second row after Sam Cane broke a vertebra in his neck in this month’s 32-30 win over South Africa.
Saturday’s game in Yokohama, a year ahead of the Rugby World Cup in Japan, kicks off an All Blacks tour which also features games against England, Ireland and Italy.
Team (15-1): Damian McKenzie; Ben Smith, Ryan Crotty, Sonny Bill Williams, Rieko Ioane; Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara; Kieran Read (capt), Ardie Savea, Liam Squire; Scott Barrett, Sam Whitelock; Owen Franks, Codie Taylor, Joe Moody
Reserves: Nathan Harris, Karl Tu’inukuafe, Nepo Laulala, Brodie Retallick, Matt Todd, Aaron Smith, Richie Mo’unga, Anton Lienert-Brown