Australia suffer Michael Hooper blow as David Pocock moves to flanker in reshuffle for Argentina clash

Wallabies are forced into yet another reshuffle as Pocock returns to captain Michael Cheika’s side following a recurrence of Hooper’s hamstring troubles

Friday 14 September 2018 09:07 BST
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Michael Hooper has been ruled out of Australia's Rugby Championship clash with Argentina
Michael Hooper has been ruled out of Australia's Rugby Championship clash with Argentina (AFP/Getty)

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Wallabies captain Michael Hooper has been forced out of his side's Rugby Championship clash with Argentina on the Gold Coast with a hamstring injury and been replaced as skipper by David Pocock.

The 30-year-old Pocock also shifts from number eight to openside flanker, with Pete Samu coming into the starting lineup at the back of the scrum for Saturday's clash. Ned Hanigan moves onto the bench to cover the loose forwards.

Hooper suffered a hamstring injury during the test series against Ireland in June and did not play again until the Rugby Championship started last month.

"He felt his hamstring a bit at training yesterday afternoon and with his recent history, we just thought it was best not to push it," Australia coach Michael Cheika said in a statement on Friday.

"He was really keen to play this weekend but a week off will be a good thing for him to just get it right."

Australia team to face Argentina

Dane Haylett-Petty; Israel Folau, Reece Hodge, Matt Toomua, Marika Koroibete; Kurtley Beale, Will Genia; Scott Sio, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Allan Alaalatoa; Rory Arnold, Izack Rodda; Lukhan Tui, David Pocock, Pete Samu.

Replacements: Folau Faingaa, Sekope Kepu, Taniela Tupou, Adam Coleman, Ned Hanigan, Nick Phipps, Bernard Foley, Jack Maddocks.

Reuters

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