Pocock to lead the Wallabies against the Barbarians

David Pocock will lead Australia for the first time this weekend as Australia take on the Barbarians at Twickenham. Regular captain James Horwill is on the bench. James O’Connor will start at fly-half. Adam Ashley-Cooper is moved to full back to replace the injured Kurtley Beale. Queensland Reds centre Ben Tapuai is set to make his international debut off the bench.

Australia:

15. Adam Ashley-Cooper, 14. Lachie Turner, 13. Rob Horne, 12. Berrick Barnes, 11. Digby Ioane, 10. James O’Connor, 9. Will Genia, 8. Ben McCalman, 7. David Pocock (captain), 6. Scott Higginbotham, 5. Nathan Sharpe, 4. Rob Simmons, 3. Salesi Ma’afu, 2. Tatafu Polota Nau, 1. James Slipper

Replacements:

16. Stephen Moore, 17. Ben Alexander, 18. James Horwill, 19. Dave Dennis, 20. Matt Hodgson, 21. Nick Phipps, 22. Ben Tapuai

8 thoughts on “Pocock to lead the Wallabies against the Barbarians

  1. It’ll be good to see how JOC goes at fly-half, especially against Cipriani!

    Both young talents, one proven on the international stage though and the other utterly wasted so far

    I think if I was coaching the Ozzies, I’d take and Barnes and Horne aside and tell them just to run at Cipriani all game

    Mind you, with Kaino and Bergamasco at flanker and Mortlock at inside centre, JOC is going to have a pretty tough game himself

    1. Agreed – especially interesting since JOC will be playing outside Cipriani for the Rebels in 2012.

      Should be fun.

  2. Oh and look out for Ben Tapuai coming off the bench. He had a great season last year for the reds and sliced up the Canadians in a RWC warm up.

    I’m only marginally bitter that this is a more attacking backline that we fielded for the majority of the RWC…

  3. Wouldnt be suprised to see Beale playing at 10 for teh Rebels next year – Cips will have a lot of competition on his hands next year, hopefully it will be good for him

    1. Think the idea for the Rebels is to have Cipriani, O’Connor and Beale cut loose alongside the more solid figures of Mortlock, Gerrard and Huxley. Good mix.

  4. JoC at 10 instead of Barnes – well it is a Baabaas game! I wonder who they’d play if it was NZ or SA as the opposition?

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