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Rugby - Pocock back, Genia out for final Bledisloe Cup test
October 14, 2016 / 7:31 AM / a year ago

Rugby - Pocock back, Genia out for final Bledisloe Cup test

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia coach Michael Cheika has named back-rowers David Pocock and Sean McMahon in a 31-man squad for the final Bledisloe Cup test against New Zealand in Auckland next week.

Rugby Union - Rugby Test - England v Australia's Wallabies - Brisbane, Australia - 11/06/16. Injured Wallaby David Pocock reacts in the second half. REUTERS/Jason O'Brien

Pocock returns after missing a month of rugby due to a broken hand suffered during the Rugby Championship match against Argentina in Perth a month ago.

McMahon was injured a week later in Pretoria with an ankle injury but had recovered well ahead of schedule, the Australian Rugby Union said in a statement.

Scrumhalf Will Genia has been omitted from the squad as he returns to France for club duty, with the match falling outside the international test window.

Lock Will Skelton returns to the squad after showing strong form in the domestic National Rugby Championship, the ARU said.

The All Blacks, who sealed the three-match series with victories in Sydney and Wellington in the Rugby Championship, could set a new top tier record with an 18th successive test win.

Forwards: Allan Ala‘alatoa, Rory Arnold, Adam Coleman, Kane Douglas, Scott Fardy, James Hanson, Michael Hooper, Sekope Kepu, Tolu Latu, Sean McMahon, Stephen Moore, Dean Mumm, David Pocock, Tom Robertson, Rob Simmons, Scott Sio, Will Skelton, James Slipper, Lopeti Timani.

Backs: Quade Cooper, Israel Folau, Bernard Foley, Nick Frisby, Dane Haylett-Petty, Reece Hodge, Samu Kerevi, Tevita Kuridrani, Luke Morahan, Sefanaia Naivalu, Nick Phipps, Henry Speight.

Reporting by Ian Ransom, Editing by Nick Mulvenney

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