21 Sep 2011

Pocock again missing from Wallabies World Cup lineup

1:23 pm on 21 September 2011

The injured flanker David Pocock is missing again from Australia's starting lineup for the Rugby World Cup pool match against United States in Wellington on Friday.

Pocock was a late withdrawal from the Wallabies side to play Ireland last Saturday with a back injury and his absence was sorely missed by the Tri-Nations champions, who were dominated at the breakdown as Ireland won the match 15-6.

Number eight Ben McCalman will again deputise for Pocock as coach Robbie Deans gave a number of untried squad members a chance to impress against the U.S. Eagles.

Captain James Horwill has been rested for the match, with scrumhalf Will Genia to lead the side.

Veteran lock Nathan Sharpe replaces Horwill with Deans making seven changes from the side that started against Ireland.

Winger James O'Connor was also unavailable after suffering a hamstring injury in the loss to Ireland.