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Pocock To Captain Australia On Test Return Against Samoa

during the International Friendly match between Wales and Australia at Principality Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Cardiff, United Kingdom.

Australia legend David Pocock will make his first Test appearance in almost a year when he captains his side in their final World Cup warm-up game against Samoa this weekend.

The 31-year-old hasn’t featured on the international scene since last November after suffering a series of calf, neck and concussion issues which limited him to only three rugby games this year.

Pocock comes into the side in place of current captain Michael Hooper while vice-captain Samu Kerevi is also rested for the game.

It is likely to be Pocock’s last home game along with Will Genia, Sekope Kepu and Tatafu Polota-Nau who will all retire from international rugby following the World Cup.

Genia is named to start alongside Bernard Foley at fly-half. Meanwhile, Adam Ashley-Cooper will feature at outside centre, with Matt To’omua at inside centre.

Kepu is named at tighthead while Polota-Nau will hope to make an appearance from the bench. James O’Connor is also named among the substitutes as is back-rower Rob Valetini who could make his Australian debut if introduced by Michael Cheika.

Kick-off off Saturday in Bankwest Stadium is 7.30pm local time.

Australia Team v Samoa: 

Tom Banks, Dane Haylett-Petty, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Matt To’omua, Marika Koroibete, Bernard Foley, Will Genia, Jack Dempsey, David Pocock (captain), Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Adam Coleman, Rob Simmons, Sekope Kepu, Jordan Uelese, James Slipper.

Substitutes: Tatafu Polota-Nau, Scott Sio, Taniela Tupou, Luke Jones, Liam Wright, Rob Valetini, Nick Phipps, James O’Connor.

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