SAPPORO – Michael Cheika has reinstated his 'Pooper' loose forward combination for their World Cup Pool D opener against Fiji in Sapporo on Saturday, with David Pocock and Michael Hooper to give the Wallabies a dual threat at the breakdown.
Pocock, who only made his return to rugby earlier this month after battling a long-term calf injury, will wear the number six jersey while Hooper will play openside flanker.
Isi Naisarani will stay at number eight with Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, who impressed as blindside flanker this season, dropped to the bench.
Cheika first played the pair in the back row ahead of the last World Cup in England, although Pocock played as a number eight when in combination with Hooper.
Cheika said his decision was partly due to the players' experience, not just their ability to win turnovers.