Wallabies & Pumas name sides for semifinal clash

The Wallabies have been boosted by the return of David Pocock and Israel Folau.

FILE: George North of Wales is tackled to the ground by Australia's David Pocock. Picture: rugbyworldcup.com

JOHANNESBURG - The Wallabies have been boosted by the return of David Pocock and Israel Folau for Sunday's Rugby World Cup semifinal against Argentina at Twickenham.

Both men missed last weekend's quarterfinal victory over Scotland because of injury, but were declared fully fit for the clash after Friday's training session.

Pocock starts at Number 8 and Folau takes over at fullback, meaning Ben McCalman and Kurtley Beale revert to the bench.

In the only other change to the starting fifteen, James Slipper replaces the injured Scott Sio at loosehead prop, with Toby Smith added to the reserves.


15 Israel Folau, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Giteau, 11 Drew Mitchell, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Will Genia, 8 David Pocock, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Kane Douglas, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 1 James Slipper.

Substitutes: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 Toby Smith, 18 Greg Holmes, 19 Dean Mumm, 20 Ben McCalman, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Matt Toomua, 23 Kurtley Beale.

As for Argentina, Marcelo Bosch makes an immediate return to the side after serving a one-match ban for a spear tackle. Bosch takes over from Matias Moroni at outside centre in the only change to the team that defeated Ireland in the quarterfinals.


15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Santiago Cordero, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Juan Martin Hernandez, 11 Juan Imhoff, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Martin Landajo, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Agustin Creevy (captain), 1 Marcos Ayerza.

Substitutes: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Lucas Noguera, 18 Juan Figallo, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Facundo Isa, 21 Tomas Cubelli, 22 Jeronimo De La Fuente, 23 Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino.

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