Double injury blow for Wallabies ahead of quarterfinals

Loose forward Pocock is struggling with a calf injury while fullback Folau is out because of an ankle injury.

FILE: George North of Wales is tackled to the ground by Australia's David Pocock. Picture: Rugby World Cup website.

JOHANNESBURG - The Wallabies have suffered two massive blows as star players David Pocock and Israel Folau were ruled out of the team's World Cup quarter-final against Scotland on Sunday.

Loose forward Pocock is struggling with a calf injury while fullback Folau misses the clash because of an ankle injury.

Pocock has been replaced by Ben McCalman while Kurtley Beale takes over from Folau.

Elsewhere, Rob Simmons replaces Dean Mumm in the second row, and flanker Michael Hooper returns after serving a one week ban, with Sean McMahon dropping to the bench.


15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Giteau, 11 Drew Mitchell, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Will Genia, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Sean McMahon, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Kane Douglas, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Stephen Moore (c), Scott Sio.

Replacements: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 James Slipper, 18 Greg Holmes, 19 Dean Mumm, 20 Sean McMahon, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Matt Toomua, 23 Quade Cooper


15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Peter Horne, 11 Tommy Seymour, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Greig Laidlaw (captain), 8 David Denton, 7 John Hardie, 6 Blair Cowan, 5 Richie Gray, 4 Tim Swinson, 3 WP Nel, 2 Fraser Brown, 1 Alasdair Dickinson

Replacements: 16 Kevin Bryce, 17 Gordon Reid, 18 Jon Welsh, 19 Alasdair Strokosch, 20 Josh Strauss, 21 Henry Pyrgos, 22 Richie Vernon, 23 Sean Lamont.

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