25 Nov 2011

Pocock to lead Wallabies against Baabaas

5:53 am on 25 November 2011

Flanker David Pocock will captain the Wallabies for the first time when they take on the Barbarians this weekend at Twickenham.

Coach Robbie Deans has named regular captain James Horwill in the reserves to rest after a taxing season, and to give Pocock some leadership experience.

Horwill aside, the starting forward pack is unchanged from the side that beat Wales in the bronze medal match at the Rugby World Cup.

Utility back James O'Connor will start at first five inside Berrick Barnes in Quade Cooper's absence with a serious knee injury from the World Cup.