Pocock Back For Gold Coast Test

by Brumbies Media

David Pocock has been named to start for the Wallabies against Argentina this coming Saturday having recovered from a niggling neck injury.

Pocock is joined by Plus500 Brumbies bookend-duo Scott Sio and Allan Alaalatoa and Rory Arnold in the run-on selection while Folau Fainga’a and Pete Samu are included in the finishers.

Israel Folau’s return to action means Jack Maddocks moves to the replacements, meaning Tom Banks misses out on the chance to impress in Gold.

There’s also no place for Joe Powell, Nick Phipps coming in as the halfback replacement. 

Adam Coleman is named on the bench having returned to camp this week after after the birth of his first child in Melbourne on Sunday. 

Prop Sekope Kepu is set to earn his 97th Test cap on Saturday night with the veteran also named amongst the reserves, after missing the matchday 23 for the Wallabies’ 23-18 win over South Africa last weekend.

Former Wallabies scrum coach Mario Ledesma has been a revelation as new head coach of Argentina, with the Pumas having already earned a comfortable win over South Africa in the Rugby Championship last month.

Australia and Argentina have met twice before at Cbus Super Stadium with the Wallabies sneaking home with single-digit wins on both occasions.

FOX SPORTS will showcase every game of the Bledisloe Cup and the Mitsubishi Estate Rugby Championship LIVE with no ad-breaks during play and in HD.

All Qantas Wallabies matches will also be screened LIVE and free in HD on TEN and WIN Network and streaming on tenplay.com.au

Tickets are still available for the Mitsubishi Estate Rugby Championship Test matches on the Gold Coast against Argentina.

For tickets, visit ticketek.com.au.

Scott Sio (48 Tests)

Tatafu Polota-Nau (85 Tests)

Allan Alaalatoa (26 Tests)

Rory Arnold (16 Tests)

Izack Rodda (10 Tests)

Lukhan Tui (10 Tests)

Michael Hooper (c) (85 Tests)

David Pocock (72 Tests)

Will Genia (93 Tests)

Kurtley Beale (77 Tests)

Marika Koroibete (14 Tests)

Matt Toomua (36 Tests)

Reece Hodge (30 Tests)

Israel Folau (66 Tests)

Dane Haylett-Petty (24 Tests)

Reserves

Folau Faingaa (2 Tests)

Sekope Kepu (96 Tests)

Taniela Tupou (5 Tests)

Adam Coleman (25 Tests)

Pete Samu (6 Tests)

Nick Phipps (66 Tests)

Bernard Foley (61 Tests)

Jack Maddocks (3 Tests)

Mitsubishi Estate Rugby Championship

Qantas Wallabies 13 v New Zealand 38 at ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Saturday 18 August 

New Zealand 40 v Qantas Wallabies 12 at Eden Park, Auckland, Saturday 25 August 5.35pm AEST

Qantas Wallabies 23 v South Africa 18 at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Saturday 8 September 8.05pm AEST

Qantas Wallabies v Argentina at Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast, Saturday 15 September 8.05pm AEST

South Africa v Qantas Wallabies at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth, Sunday 30 September 1.05am AEST

Argentina v Qantas Wallabies at Padre Ernesto Martearena Stadium, Salta, Sunday 7 October 9.40am AEST

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