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Quade Cooper relegated for Bledisloe Cup

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 20/10/2016 Darren Walton

Quade Cooper has been dumped to the bench in a backline reshuffle for Australia's Bledisloe Cup clash with the All Blacks in Auckland on Saturday.

While star loosehead David Pocock returns from injury via the bench in an unchanged forward pack, Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has opted to restore Bernard Foley to five-eighth and use Reece Hodge's strength and skills in his preferred inside centre position.

Wallabies: Israel Folau, Dane Haylett-Petty, Samu Kerevi, Reece Hodge, Henry Speight, Bernard Foley, Nick Phipps, Lopeti Timani, Michael Hooper, Dean Mumm, Adam Coleman, Rory Arnold, Sekope Kepu, Stephen Moore (capt), Scott Sio. Reserves: James Hanson, Tom Robertson, Allan Ala'alatoa, Rob Simmons, David Pocock, Nick Frisby, Quade Cooper, Sefa Naivalu.

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