Mon August 20, 2012 11:12am
IN a massive blow to the Wallabies skipper David Pocock has been ruled out indefinitely with a knee injury.
Pocock will undergo keyhole surgery tomorrow after damaging his knee in Australia’s 27-19 loss to New Zealand at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.
Waratahs’ bound Michael Hooper will replace Pocock at openside flanker in the second match of the Bledisloe Cup series at Auckalnd’s Eden Park next Saturday.
The Wallabies hope the damage to Poccock's knee is confined to the cartilage.
In the absence of Pocock, halfback and vice-captain Will Genia would take over the captaincy.
Meawnhile the pressure is smounting on Wallabies’ coach Robbie Deans to start Quade Cooper at five-eighth to ignite Australia's attacking game.
Cooper, who played poorly at the World Cup in New Zealand last year, is yet to regain full fitness and form after recovering from knee surgery. But Deans may have no choice but to go back to him, particularly if the coach drops Beale after his mistake-riddled performance on Saturday night.
"Quade will be considered, no doubt about that," Deans said.
"We have to find ways of winning obviously; that isn't straightforward against these blokes.
"We'll look at the whole picture and make a decision and move on."
If Cooper started at five-eighth, Deans would have to decide whether to move Berrick Barnes to inside centre or retain Anthony Faingaa at No 12.
"Berrick played well essentially," Deans said. "The team didn't necessarily play well.
"Berrick was striving to play his part within it. You couldn't fault his effort really. There were a couple of moments of poor composure, but it wasn't just Berrick. It was across the board. We tried to play too much rugby down our end, forcing balls.
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