Warren Gatland would have expected to face one of the more familiar faces in the three test sereiss - Quade Cooper, James O'Connor, Kurtley Beale or Berrick Barnes - but they have all had their problems this season. Josh Toomau has also come through .
Lealiifano was on the verge of an international breakthrough last May before an ankle injury dashed his hopes. Now Connolly reckons the rookie play-maker is ready to make the step up.
''There's no doubt [Lealiifano] can be [Australia's] No.10, but he has to prove it.You would say it's down to Cooper, Toomua and Lealiifano for the Wallabies … Christian could have more to offer in his all-round game," said Connolly.
''He's the dark horse because he's been playing inside centre, he's a young player on the way up and the talent is evident. The challenge is the Test level. I think he will make it and he'll be in the Wallabies squad.''