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David Pocock returns for Australia side to face Wales

By SWEP_DafP  |  Posted: November 29, 2012

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DAVID Pocock will return to the Australia side to face Wales on Saturday — but Nathan Sharpe will keep the captaincy.

A calf injury ruled Pocock out of the Wallabies' matches against France and England earlier this month, after the openside flanker had been missing since August because of knee surgery.

Pocock is usually Australia's skipper, but the team will be led out by Sharpe at the Millennium Stadium, with the lock making his 116th and final appearance for his country.

Michael Hooper, who had been brilliant in Pocock's absence, drops to the bench.

The two other changes see lock Kane Douglas return from a knee injury to take over from the suspended Sitaleki Timani, while Tatafu Polota-Nau replaces Stephen Moore at hooker.

Australia: Berrick Barnes; Nick Cummins, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Ben Tapuai, Drew Mitchell; Kurtley Beale, Nick Phipps; Benn Robinson, Tatafu Polota Nau, Ben Alexander, Kane Douglas, Nathan Sharpe (capt), Scott Higgibotham, Wycliff Palu, David Pocock. 

Replacements: Stephen Moore, James Slipper, Sekope Kepu, Dave Dennis, Michael Hooper, Brendan McKibbin, Mike Harris, Digby Ioane.

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