Published: 14:37 | 23/8/19

Pocock named in Australia squad

Australia head coach Michael Cheika has named back row David Pocock in his World Cup squad.

Pocock hasn’t featured for the Wallabies since November 2018 due to a nagging calf injury, but Cheika has opted to include him in what is an experienced 31-man squad boasting a total of 1,406 caps.

The two-time world champions will be captained by flanker Michael Hooper. In addition to Pocock, the squad also includes 35-year-old Adam Ashley-Cooper who is set to emulate George Gregan’s feat of playing in four Rugby World Cup tournaments.

Also included is the uncapped teenager Jordan Petaia along with such well-known names as Kurtley Beale and Christian Lealiifano who was diagnosed with leukaemia back in August 2016.

"I'm confident," Cheika said after naming his squad, despite the 36-0 defeat to the All Blacks last weekend.

"We'll be a little bit unpredictable, that's been a little bit of our theme this year, if we don't know what we're doing no one will know what we're doing."

The Wallabies begin their World Cup campaign with two tough games – first against pool dark horses Fiji followed by expected challengers Wales a week later. 

Australia RWC 2019 squad:

Forwards: Allan Alaalatoa, Rory Arnold, Adam Coleman, Jack Dempsey, Folau Fainga'a, Michael Hooper (captain), Sekope Kepu, Tolu Latu, Isi Naisarani, David Pocock, Izack Rodda, Rob Simmons, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Scott Sio, James Slipper, Taniela Tupou, Jordan Uelese.

Backs: Adam Ashley-Cooper, Kurtley Beale, Bernard Foley, Will Genia, Dane Haylett-Petty, Reece Hodge, Samu Kerevi, Marika Koroibete, Tevita Kuridrani, Christian Lealiifano, James O'Connor, Jordan Petaia, Matt Toomua, Nic White.

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