Phil Waugh: Hooper and Pocock will thrive playing together

The Wallabies backrow is big enough for both Michael Hooper and David Pocock according to former Wallabies flanker Phil Waugh, following the announcement the pair will both start for the Wallabies against the All Blacks this Saturday. The 79-cap veteran was thrilled to hear the Hooper and Pocock had both been named in Michael Cheika’s stating XV for the opening Bledisloe Cup match, telling Rugby News he thinks Cheika has finally found a way to get the balance right. “I think it’s a good indication of how the Wallabies want to play the game, they want to throw the ball around a lot, recycle the ball and keep it in play as much as possible,” Waugh said. “It can certainly work when you’ve got Mumm, Fardy and Horwill as your lineout options, with three strong jumpers the lineout will be secure.” Smith spent much of his career fighting George Smith for the Wallabies No.7 jersey, but admitted he loved playing alongside his close mate and rival. “I really enjoyed playing
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